The Baltimore riots have spread to New York City.
Last night, activists started gathering after 5pm in New York’s Union Square, and quickly grew to more than 1,000. All the while, police warned over loud speakers that they would start making arrests if the group moved out of the park.Cops followed through on that threat when defiant leaders of the group started moving the masses onto the street – blocking traffic during the city’s rush hour.
Despite initial clashes with cops, the protest re-grouped several blocks to the west where they started marching northbound on the sidewalk of a major highway. Police appear to have left the protesters pretty much alone, escorting them on their march and only intervening when they stepped out into the streets. At one point, the protesters blocked the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, one of the major exits that leads you to New Jersey.
The protest eventually made its way to Times Square.
Gray’s death is just the latest to be connected to the national issue of police violence towards African-Americans, inspiring protests not only in Baltimore but in several other major cities across the country. As the youth of Baltimore marched Wednesday evening, twin protests sprung up across the country following demonstrations in Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri the night before.