posted at 20:50
Author: Brittany Levine
Chokehold protests spread across the U.S., from Oakland to Chicago to Boston
As thousands of protesters caused bumper-to-bumper traffic jams throughout the streets of New York on Thursday, their counterparts in cities across the nation - including Chicago, Boston and Oakland - were also shutting down streets for a second night. The decision followed a string of protests in reaction to a St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. While major thoroughfares such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Holland Tunnel were shut down by protest activity in New York, people in Chicago took over the Dan Ryan Expressway, with dozens briefly sitting down on the pavement, blocking five lanes before being dispersed by police. A similar tactic was being used in protests Wednesday night in New York City and other locations. What began as roughly 75 protesters grew into the hundreds on Market Street in the Financial District as demonstrators for a second night shouted "Hands up, don't shoot," a slogan used many times during Ferguson protests in the wake of Brown's death. Protesters marched to Wayne State University after the die-in, according to CBS Detroit, which spotted one woman lying on a yoga mat to protect her from the cold pavement. Washington, D.C. In the nation's capital, protesters made their way from the Justice Department to the National Mall to Chinatown, staging a die-in near the iconic Washington Monument. The Denver Police Protective Association also released a sharp statement on Thursday rebuking Denver high school protesters who cheered when four police officers were injured during a demonstration Wednesday.

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