After weeks of demonstrations across New York City protesting the killing of black men by police officers, more than ten thousand protesters came together at Washington Square Park for the Millions March. Unlike previous protests, the march was heavily organized, with a large team of marshals directing the crowd and NYPD officers and barricades blocking side streets along the route. The march concluded at One Police Plaza with statements from family members of victims of police killings. Afterwards, groups of protestors split off, with many crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.
At this point, I don’t have to explain why a crowd of angry protesters amassed at Union Square in New York City on the evening of November 24, 2014. Earlier in the day, we had received word that a grand jury in St. Louis County had reached a decision on whether to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
Expecting a 6:00 p.m. announcement, the protest at Union Square began around 5:00. Members of the crowd spoke, sang, and chanted.
“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”
“Black lives matter!”
“N-Y-P-D, K-K-K! How many kids did you kill today?”
The announcement was pushed back to 9:00 p.m. The crowd stood strong. Finally, word started spreading of the decision, as predictable as it was disheartening.