Protests grow stronger, stop traffic across country
Demonstrations expressing outrage over the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner took place over the Dec. 6-7 weekend and into Dec. 9. The most frequent chants at most protests were “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe.” At the University of California, Berkeley , on Dec. 4, the California Black Student Union held a four-and-a-half-hour occupation of the Golden Bear Café, directly across from the Sproul Hall Administration building on campus. Police had shut down Sproul Hall, the original site of the BSU rally, presumably to prevent its occupation. Elaine Brown, former chair of the Black Panther Party, was one of the many speakers to address the hundreds who joined the rally. >On Dec. 6, the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, cops made several arrests, shot tear gas and even rubber bullets into the crowd. On Dec. 6 and 7, demonstrators started at the campus gates and zig-zagged through the streets, demanding “Shut it down for Michael Brown” and all Black and Brown youth who have been targeted and killed by the police. Each time the police tried to stop the large swell of protesters, the crowd took off in another direction. ...
Day 2 of demonstrations on day after announcement of Grand Jury
decision to not indict cop who killed Eric Garner. Tens of thousands of
protestors marched out of Foley Square, up Broadway, closed down the Holland Tunnel and marched up the West Side Highway. This was just one of the many massive marches that took place all over the United States on December 4th, 2014.