(CNN) — Protesters flooded a parkway in New York City, with police walking alongside the demonstration. No major confrontations there could be seen. A throng of peaceful but very vocal protesters were marching through the west side of Manhattan toward Harlem. In Boston, the mayor estimates about 1,000 protesters have taken to the streets. The gathering has been peaceful. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said officers there are allowing people to vent. This, on the second night since the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced. The grand jury decided Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will NOT be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
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“We have detained people. We don’t have any property damage to speak of. We are letting [the people] exercise their constitutional rights — and so far so good,” LAPD’s Officer Jack Richter told CNN’s Lorenza Brascia. He said no one will be allowed on the freeways.
Hundreds of protesters angry with a Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson marched through Times Square in New York on Tuesday night, shutting down traffic on 7th Avenue, one of the city’s busiest streets. The demonstrators also directed their anger at New York police.
In Atlanta and Boston, New York and Los Angeles, they marched by the hundreds or the thousands — blocking bridges, tunnels and major highways as they shouted their anger over a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.
A day after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced there would be no criminal charges against Wilson for killing Michael Brown, protests sprouted up in more than 170 U.S. cities.
In the Big Apple, protesters shut down lanes of the FDR, known more formally as the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, as they chanted, “Mike Brown! Mike Brown!”
It was just one of several long lines of protesters to make its way through the city. Police, who were nearby in large numbers, stayed back and let the marchers go.
It’s not clear where the protesters were headed as they walked north up the FDR, but Tuesday’s events seemed more organized than those a night before.
In Washington, protesters lay down on a sidewalk outside police headquarters as if dead, according to a tweet by Nikki Burdine, a reporter for CNN affiliate WUSA.
Some had handwritten notes on their chests: “Black lives matter.”
There was a shocking moment at a demonstration in Minneapolis where a woman in a group blocking an intersection was run over by a car. The Star Tribune newspaper reported that the driver of the car honked at the protesters before knocking a few people onto the hood of the vehicle and apparently running over one of the woman’s legs. She was hospitalized with “very minor injuries.”
In Chicago, a few dozen protesters gathered Tuesday morning on a downtown street corner ahead of another protest at City Hall, CNN affiliates WGN reported. About 200 members of the Black Youth Project staged a sit-in outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Tuesday afternoon. They plan to be there for 28 hours.
Protesters in the New York area briefly blocked one of the entrances to the Lincoln Tunnel Tuesday evening but then headed off to the city’s West Side.
And at Union Square, about 400 people had gathered shortly after dark before breaking into groups of marchers.
There were also large demonstrations in Baltimore, near Morgan State University, and in Atlanta, outside CNN Center and at a popular tourist shopping attraction.
In Atlanta: ‘It’s a travesty’
The Public Enemy anthem pumping from mounted speakers at a protest in downtown Atlanta captured the mood of the crowd Tuesday night.
“Fight the Power,” the rapper’s voice shouted over the speaker. “Fight the powers that be. …”
About 300 people tried to follow Public Enemy’s advice when they gathered to protest the grand jury’s decision.
As helicopters circled above, black college students, white urban hipsters in skinny jeans, middle-aged socialists and black militants in berets gathered for a raucous rally to vent their anger at the events in Ferguson.
“They have given us no justice! We will give them no peace,” the demonstrators chanted at they massed in front of the Underground Atlanta shopping district.
Some held signs that read: “Enough,” and “We are all one bullet away from being a hashtag.” One demonstrator wore a T-shirt that read, “Racism isn’t over but I’m over racism.”
“It’s a travesty; it’s just not right,” ShaCzar Brown said as held up a sign that said, “Stop killer cops.”
“Seventy years ago, it was legal to kill black people,” Brown says, referring to the spate of lynchings that spread through the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “It’s essentially still legal.”
During the night, some demonstrators lined up on the busy section of freeway known as The Connector that cuts through the center of Atlanta. Law enforcement came along and used their cars to guide the demonstrators to the shoulder.
Atlanta, birthplace of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., also saw emotional reaction Monday night when about 200 students gathered at Morehouse College to hear the grand jury’s decision. A collective gasp rippled through the crowd when it came.
Some of the students at the historically black men’s school looked at one another in disbelief, others started to tear up, and a few stared ahead as their jaws dropped.
Police sirens wailed in the distance as the students chanted: “Ferguson’s hell is America’s hell.”
Largely peaceful protests
“I think what happened yesterday is a great injustice to everyone that’s been fighting for equality in this country,” one Chicago protester told WGN on Tuesday. “And I think that just because a bad decision was made doesn’t mean people who believe in equality are going to fall silent.”
As of Tuesday evening, more than 130 protests had either occurred or were planned for Tuesday in more than 30 states, the District of Columbia and at least three other countries, according to information compiled by CNN from organizers, media reports, social media and a site set up to help organize protest efforts.
Protests sprang up around the nation Monday night, after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to charge Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s August 9 death.
Most were peaceful, compared with the protests in Ferguson. There, demonstrators set police vehicles ablaze and officers responded with round after round of tear gas, as well as shooting bean bags into the crowds.
But emotions boiled over in Philadelphia, too.
“Shouts of ‘f— the police’ at word of no indictment,” a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter tweeted. “A man with the mic: ‘we don’t need to get mad.’ Others: ‘yes we do!’ ”
Two people were taken into custody, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. The protesters were arrested when a crowd tried to march onto Interstate 95, the station said.
In Seattle, anger turned to violence as protesters threw bottles, rocks and cans of food and fired a powerful firework toward police, according to CNN affiliate KIRO.
Five people were arrested, the station said, citing police.
Meanwhile, in Ferguson, Missouri state police in riot gear used pepper spray to disperse crowds, ushering them into one area after they torched a police car outside city hall in Ferguson.
As midnight approached, the tension got thicker — everyone fearing that just like Monday, things could turn violent at any moment.
Outside the City Hall, crowds flipped a police cruiser on its side briefly, broke out its windows, then set it on fire. Police moved in quickly to put it out.
“Let’s go,” some in the crowd shouted as they dispersed.
National Guardsmen in full riot gear stood in a line at the Ferguson Police Department. In front of them was a row of police officers, also in riot gear. Just one lane of road separated them from hundreds of protesters.
“We are not your enemy,” they chanted. “We just want justice.”
Despite the building tension, people said they are not afraid to come out and “stand up against injustice.”
“I feel people have every right to get violent. It’s a form of retaliation,” said Shannon White, 20. “People are tired of being treated this way by the system.”
Veronica Wintersheidt, 29, and her husband braved cold temperatures to show their solidarity.
“We live in a world of white privilege,” she said. “So it’s difficult for us to judge.”
Cars passed the protesters honking their horns. Every few minutes, the crowd erupted in chants of “Mike Brown.”
At one point, protest organizers attempted to call for four and a half minutes of silence to honor Brown — his body lay on the street for four and half hours after he was shot . But the crowd was too restless, too worked up to remain quiet.
Earlier in the day, volunteers helped clean up vandalized stores and eateries and board up broken windows and doors.
Some residents carried guns and said volunteers were out protecting houses on the streets off South Florissant Road.
Armed men carrying assault rifles paced the roof of Beauty World, a store that was badly damaged in Monday’s protests.
Customers inside Marley’s said they were not afraid to be out even as the noise of police sirens and helicopters fill the air. This was, they said, their community, and no one was going to take it away from them.
CNN saw two protesters arrested after they refused to get out of the street. Most others returned to the sidewalk when asked to do so by police.
Avoiding a repeat
Throughout the day, authorities scrambled resources in a bid to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted in the wake of the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered additional National Guardsmen to the area, boosting their numbers from 700 to 2,200.
“We are bringing more resources to Ferguson and other parts of the region to prevent a repetition of the lawlessness experienced overnight,” the governor said. “We must do better and we will.”
Demonstrations devolved into chaos late Monday after it was announced that the grand jury had decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Brown. Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Brown, a black teenager, on August 9.
In Ferguson, buildings were burned. Stores were looted and shots were fired. Activists also took to streets across the country, with dozens and dozens of protests in several states.
“They have given us no justice! We will give them no peace,” protesters chanted as they massed in front of the Underground Atlanta shopping district in Atlanta.
In the New York area, they briefly blocked one of the entrances to the Lincoln Tunnel.
“We are on the side of Michael Brown to fight for what is right,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said in front of Brown’s family, earlier Tuesday. “…. “We may have lost round one, but the fight is not over.”
The vast majority of protests in the weeks after Brown’s death have been peaceful. And authorities hope to keep it that way.
“All agree that the violence we saw in the areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated,” Nixon said.
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