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Protests against police brutality take place across the country

Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New York, April 14, 2015.
Shannon Stapleton | Reuters
Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New York, April 14, 2015.

Protesters in cities across the country marched against police brutality Tuesday, tweeting it all at #ShutDownA14. The demonstrations, taking place simultaneously in cities such as Seattle, Oakland and New York City, were organized by The Stop Mass Incarceration Network to call attention to the "murder of Black and Brown people by the police."

New York City's Office of Emergency Management noted that protest activity had clogged the Brooklyn Bridge area and recommended travelers take alternate routes.

The network has called for people to skip school and work on April 14 and participate in a day of massive resistance to "help end the system putting its stamp of approval on police murdering people."

Reports on Twitter claim that streets in New York and Chicago have been blocked by protesters and that police are gathering nearby.

The protests have also taken over some Seattle streets, according to some Tweets.

Earlier this month an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, was shot by a white police officer on a routine traffic stop in Charleston, South Carolina. The case and officer in question are currently being investigated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.