Protesters angry about the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri engaged in a standoff with police this evening, shutting down an entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel as they attempted to march through.
The protesters marched to the Lincoln Tunnel and attempted to walk through, CBS2 reported. Police blocked the protesters at 41st Street and Eleventh Avenue, and traffic was left at a standstill.
CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported the standoff eventually came to an end and the protesters decided to march north on Eleventh Avenue, and later returned to Duffy Square. But a driver reported being stuck for half an hour.
Aiello reported on Twitter that protesters were warned three times to get out of the street, and arrests began when some protester did not. At least five had been arrested as of 7:45 p.m.
One man was seen scuffling with police as they tried to take him into custody.
A second group of protesters was first seen marching through the East Village, heading east on St. Mark’s Place toward Second Avenue. Protesters later walked onto and shut down the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, and attempted to cross the bridges into Brooklyn.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said earlier that he thought the protests were going well. He said the NYPD was giving protesters “breathing room” to express outrage over the decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.
He said as long as protesters remain nonviolent and don’t cause vandalism, they can demonstrate.
Earlier Tuesday, a small group of protesters also gathered outside federal court in Brooklyn, one of several demonstrations organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
The afternoon protest was one of 28 rallies set to take place simultaneously across the nation, including in Newark, Atlantic City, Paterson and Camden in New Jersey.
And on Monday night, thousands of people flooded New York City streets, marching from Union Square to Times Square after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the death of Michael Brown.
They chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” while holding up signs saying “Black lives matter” and “jail killer cops.”
“The demonstrations last night, I thought we dealt with very professionally,” Bratton said Tuesday.
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