Protesters Shut Down New York Bridges Over Ferguson Decision

Thousands of protesters gathered in New York's Union Square and marched through the city following the decision by a grand jury to not indict police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

Following the grand jury's decision, crowds marched north from Union Square towards Columbus Circle and south through Washington Square Park. They reportedly caused shutdowns on three city bridges: the Manhattan, the Tri-Boro, and the Brooklyn Bridge:

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Hundreds of protesters walking south down Thompson Street chanted "This is what democracy looks like" and held signs that said "Black lives matter."
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As they marched south, the crowd chanted "No justice, no peace, no racist police."

And "Don't shoot, hands up."

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According to NBC New York, the crowd in Union Square was estimated to be around 1,600.

Massive protests also erupted Monday evening in Ferguson and in cities around the US. In Ferguson, police used tear gas on the crowds, and there were reports of gunshots and protestors smashing police cars.