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Protesters continued to shut down streets in D.C. Thursday evening in the wake of the decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teenager, and Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after police put him in a choke hold. They rallied against police practices and brutality, particularly against black men. The D.C. protests were some of many that erupted throughout the country.
Demonstrators, according to the Post, shut down northbound lanes during rush hour on the 14th Street Bridge and then moved onto Constitution Avenue NW, closing streets as they marched and chanted. Streets were also shutdown for protests Wednesday evening.
Groups of protesters eventually made their way to the Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and D.C. police headquarters, on Indiana Avenue NW. Reports on social media indicate that protesters also rallied in Chinatown and in front of Union Station.
DC police were staying ahead the whole time, clearing the way for the march to pass. #EricGarner pic.twitter.com/UGP8608LAJ— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) December 5, 2014
Got charger and my power back. Protest now at DC Police HQ. Several hundred strong. pic.twitter.com/LfP0DF61aB— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) December 5, 2014
Late Night protest over #EricGarner decision in Chinatown DC pic.twitter.com/pn8uELQHmN— Isabel C. Morales (@moralesisa) December 5, 2014
Police move in force protesters to the sidewalk https://t.co/DK1fr8cYBe— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) December 5, 2014
Protesters have shut down the circle in front of union station #dcprotest pic.twitter.com/ZexNka4dxP— Oliver Janney (@CNNOliver) December 5, 2014
Photo via Sam Rittenberg