NYC Police Commish Hit in Face With Red Paint During Protests
The grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, rippled all the way across the country, with demonstrations in St. Louis, New York, Washington, California and Chicago.
In Times Square, a protester hurled red paint at officers, splattering it in the face of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
The man was quickly apprehended and Bratton was unhurt.
Traffic was briefly blocked by protesters on the Triborough Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge, but no arrests were made as of 1am local time.
More on the incident below, via "Fox and Friends":
Read more from the New York Post:
As evidenced by Bratton’s personal appearance at the protests, the NYPD took the announcement of the Ferguson decision very seriously. Department brass sent out an email saying “PO Wilson has NOT been indicted by the Grand Jury” moments after the decision was released.
The New York protesters were not only angry about the events in Ferguson.
Many also expressed their continued rage over the police chokehold incident last July in which Eric Garner of Staten Island died, and the fatal shooting last Thursday of unarmed Akai Gurley by an officer in a darkened stairway in the Louis Pink Houses in East New York.
“We’re really frustrated that nobody’s being listened to,” said Lukas Smith, 26, of Clinton Hill. “The rules and ideals are not being followed — it’s a joke almost right in our faces . . . We need to bring more awareness and actually bring change.”
Santino Valentine, 41, a fire safety director from Brooklyn, said he couldn’t accept the Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict Wilson.
“This was a teenage black boy, didn’t have no gun — I don’t understand that verdict,” Valentine said.
“I don’t understand, how did you come to that conclusion, that a cop could shoot a kid and he’s not guilty. I don’t understand that mentality.
“The justice system is not working for everyone. This is 2014, we have a black president, and we still have this problem.
At about 10:30 p.m., a large group of protesters headed north from Times Square to the Harlem headquarters of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. That’s where Sharpton had earlier watched the announcement of the grand jury’s findings with Garner’s family.
There were audible gasps of disbelief as St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch revealed that Wilson would not face charges. Garner’s widow broke down in tears and was consoled by Sharpton.
“It was expected, but still an absolute blow to those of us that wanted to see a fair and open trial,” Sharpton told a gathered crowd. “I think that it was clear that even when you see a blow coming … it still hurts nonetheless. We said from the beginning that we had no confidence in the local prosecutor and called for federal intervention.”
Check out some images from demonstrations around the country.