Over the past week, demonstrations have been held across the United States in reaction to a spate of tragic police killings. Here’s the BBC’s roundup:
In New York City on Friday, protesters briefly laid down in Macy’s flagship store, at Grand Central Terminal and at an Apple store.
Hundreds streamed along Fifth Avenue and other parts of Manhattan, with banners and chants of “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe” – a reference to the words of Eric Garner as he was being restrained by a white police officer.
In other protests on Friday:
- Activists marched through central Miami, Florida, and blocked a major causeway connecting Miami to Miami Beach
- Hundreds of people in Providence, Rhode Island, blocked streets and police had to stop some from walking on to Interstate 95
- Crowds of protesters in New Haven, Connecticut, marched to the courthouse
- Dozens of students from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, brought rush-hour traffic to a crawl and forced the city to postpone a tree lighting ceremony scheduled at Monument Square
- In Minneapolis, some protesters blocked traffic by marching or lying in the middle of a highway
Meanwhile, in Boston (and possibly elsewhere; I haven’t done the research):
I look forward to Bill Cosby’s tweet thanking the demonstrators for their support.