Peaceful and civil, Protesters take to the streets of New York.
I was walking back from Union Square to Grand Central after picking up some Christmas gifts. It was a terrible time to be in New York. The rain poured all day and my eyes were poked by dozens of umbrellas as walked through crowds of people.
Inside Grand Central, protesters upset over the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officers who put Eric Garner in a choke hold and shot Michael Brown held a “die-in” on December 6, 2014. The members of the group, mainly made up of twenty-somethings, flooded Grand Central’s main corridor demonstrating a “choke-in” and voicing their frustrations brought on by, what they believe is, injustice.
I was surprised by two things. 1) How organized and cooperative everyone was. They passed along potato chips, cough drops and bottles of water. I was offered these things even though I wasn’t part of the protest. One would scream “Mic-Check” to make an announcement. Then the people surrounding that person would repeat what was said so everyone withing the vicinity would hear it. They communicated this way all throughout their march.
2) The police took a tongue-lashing by some protesters, but they still made sure everyone stayed safe from moving cars and buses, providing barriers to block certain intersections.
They marched on, chanting and hands help up high. The rain did little to damper their spirit.