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NYC Protesters Defy Mayor’s Call for Moratorium

In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, demonstrators participate in a rally against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York. Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner -- younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? The legacy civil rights organizations _ the National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Urban League _ last week called for people to coalesce on Saturday for a national march with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, unarmed black men who have died at the hands of white police officers. Grand juries refused to indict the white police officers in those cases. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, demonstrators participate in a rally against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

 

(USA Today) – Defying Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plea for a moratorium on protests over police conduct, hundreds of demonstrators in New York City briefly blocked busy Fifth Avenue on Tuesday night amid last-minute Christmas shopping and tributes to two slain officers.

Marchers were peaceful and generally kept to the sidewalks as they worked their way through the packed Midtown shopping district, media reported.

De Blasio had called for a halt to protests until after the funeral of two NYPD officers who were gunned down Saturday by a man angry over the police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other unarmed black men.

Police Commissioner William Bratton, who was in Rhode Island, called Tuesday’s protest “unfortunate” in light of de Blasio’s request.

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