Protesters shut down major highways in New York and Chicago, and demonstrations were held in other cities Thursday as outrage spread across the nation following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.
Thousands of protesters held “die-ins” and chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” and “shut the whole system down,” while they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, shut down sections of the West Side Highway, and blocked traffic across Manhattan. In Chicago, protesters walked onto the Dan Ryan Expressway and brought traffic to a halt.[Banner image via Demonstrators participate in a rally against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)]