Hundreds arrested in New York as swarms of protesters shut down traffic from coast to coast over decision to clear NYPD cop in chokehold death

Friday, December 5, 2014
By Paul Martin

New York City police arrested 223 people during second night of protests
Protesters flooded Foley Square in front of New York’s City Hall by the thousand Thursday evening and protested into the early hours of Friday
Simultaneous demonstrations appeared elsewhere shut down the West Side Highway to Manhattan’s west and the Brooklyn Bridge to the east
Demonstrators shut down the Brooklyn Bridge by 7pm
On Wednesday, it was announced that Officer Daniel Pantaleo who put Eric Garner in a chokehold would not be indicted
Mayor Bill de Blasio promised new training for the NYPD on Thursday

Louise Boyle and Josh Gardner
5 December 2014

Police arrested 223 people in New York City on Thursday night and into Friday morning as protesters took to the street for the second night after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer in Eric Garner’s chokehold death.

Demonstrators also turned out in cities including Washington D.C., Seattle, Atlanta and Oakland a day after the decision not to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the July incident.

Although there have been no reports of violence from protesters, police made a number of arrests as scores of demonstrators shut down traffic on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Many arrests were made in Times Square, where police pushed back against protesters just before 11pm, and others were later arrested at Eighth Avenue and 51st Street and at Madison Avenue and 57th Street, ABC7 reported.

Eric Garner’s case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation about racial justice and police use of force.

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