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Ferguson Protests Spread Nationwide    11/26 06:20

   (AP) -- People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took 
to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that 
the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the 
predominantly black St. Louis suburb.

   For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson 
recalled other troubling encounters with law enforcement. The refrain "hands 
up, don't shoot" became a rallying cry over police killings nationwide.

   A look at some of Tuesday's demonstrations:

   NEW YORK

   Thousands of people marched for a second night in Manhattan, gathering in 
Union Square before splitting into several smaller groups, chanting "No 
justice, No peace." Some held signs saying "Jail killer cops" and "Justice for 
Mike Brown."

   One group marched uptown to Times Square, meandering between lanes of 
traffic as police followed. The protesters, who seemed to grow in number as the 
night wore on, disrupted traffic on the FDR Drive and congregated at the 
entrances to the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and the Queens Midtown 
Tunnel.

   Commissioner William Bratton said police were giving protesters "breathing 
room."

   "As long as they remain nonviolent, and as long as they don't engage in 
issues that cause fear or create vandalism, we will work with them to allow 
them to demonstrate," he said.

   CALIFORNIA

   Protesters flooded the U.S. 101 freeway Tuesday night, carrying barricades 
that they laid across lanes and bringing traffic to a halt.

   Within a few minutes Highway Patrol and LAPD officers chased the several 
dozen protesters off the freeway and corralled them on an overpass, where one 
of the barricades was thrown on to the freeway below. There were no immediate 
reports of any arrests.

   The protesters had broken away from a larger, primarily peaceful group of 
hundreds who had marched for miles through city streets since mid-afternoon, 
converging on police headquarters.

   In Oakland, a group of protesters is vandalizing police cars and businesses 
in downtown Oakland, smashing windows at car dealerships, restaurants, and 
convenience stores on a second night of protests.

   The crowd briefly shut down two major freeways, and set several trash bins 
on fire across a major street before police in riot helmets forced them to 
disperse.

   MINNEAPOLIS

   A rally in Minneapolis turned scary when a car struck a protester and then 
burst through a pack of others who surrounded it. A woman suffered minor 
injuries.

   Several hundred people had gathered Tuesday afternoon near the 3rd Precinct 
police outpost to show solidarity with Brown. The driver called police soon 
after to report the incident, and police spokesman John Elder said the incident 
was under investigation.

   CLEVELAND

   Several hundred people marched down a freeway ramp to block rush-hour 
traffic while protesting the Missouri developments and Saturday's fatal 
shooting by an officer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, who had a pellet 
gun that looked like a real firearm.

   "The system wasn't made to protect us," said one of the protesters, 
17-year-old Naesha Pierce. "To get justice, the people themselves have to be 
justice."

   ST. LOUIS

   Protesters disrupted downtown traffic for several hours by blocking major 
intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting 
the city to Illinois.

   Riot police arrested several demonstrators who sat in the middle of 
Interstate 44 near the Edward Jones Dome. They used pepper spray to disperse 
the crowd.

   Demonstrators also swarmed the steps of the federal courthouse chanting, 
"You didn't indict! We shall fight!"

   ELSEWHERE

   Several hundred people from historically black schools Morehouse College and 
Clark Atlanta University in Georgia held peaceful demonstrations. But as the 
night wore on, some groups split off and tried to block a freeway, and police 
said some windows were broken.

   Police said 21 people were arrested, mostly for failure to disperse when 
asked, but one person faces a weapons charge.

   In Portland, Oregon, a rally drew about 1,000 people who listened to 
speeches then marched through downtown. A splinter group of about 300 people 
kept going, marching across a Willamette River bridge. Bus and light rail 
traffic was disrupted, and police used pepper spray and made several arrests.


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