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Demonstrators angered by at the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case took to the streets in 90 cities from coast to coast Monday night, snarling traffic, chanting slogans condemning police and waving signs in support of slain black teen Michael Brown. 

In New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston and Chicago, thousands of people led marches screaming, ‘Hands up! Don’t shoot!’ that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

The protests around the country were largely peaceful, but several demonstrations were marred by foul-mouthed verbal attacks on police and arrests.   

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Shut down: A mass of demonstrators crossed from Manhattan to Brooklyn in the traffic lane, closing it to cars

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New York: Protesters fill Times Square during Monday night’s march after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown

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Los Angeles: A protester faces off against a line of police on the 110 freeway during a demonstration in California following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

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Philadelphia: Protesters armed with signs reading ‘No Justice, No {Peace’ march on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia 

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Los Angeles: Protesters lie down in a major intersection to block traffic as part of a ‘die-in’ 

Photos and videos spread around social media showing protesters walking down traffic lanes on three New York City bridges.

A line of NYPD officers attempted to push protesters off the RFK/Triboro Bridge, with reports that cops were threatening to arrest protesters around [1:25] AM early Tuesday.

Several thousand more people had marched from Union Square to Times Square to protest. Crowds had gathered on the plaza on Monday evening awaiting the decision, but once it was announced protesters mobilized and began marching north.

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Ferguson on fire: Police walk past a burning patrol car in the 300 block of South Florissant Road during a night of protests in Ferguson

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Ferguson: A Ferguson firefighter surveys rubble at a strip mall that was set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement

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Washington DC: Demonstrators marched down the middle of U Street Northwest to protest the grand jury’s verdict on Monday 

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Seattle: A protestor pours milk in his eyes after being tear gassed by Seattle police at the Interstate-5 entrance on Cherry Street in Seattle

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Oakland: A protester burns an American flag on California’s Highway 580 during a demonstration following the grand jury decision 

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Seattle: About 100 people gathered at Westlake Park as the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced then took to the streets in protest

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Washinton DC: Hundreds of demonstrators gather outside the White House after the Ferguson grand jury decision in Missouri

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Los Angeles: A man kneels in the road in front of a line of police during a demonstration in California on Monday night

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Seattle: Protestors cry out in approval of a speaker while gathered in the streets of Seattle Monday

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Seattle: A protestor drops to his knees, hands on his head, in front of police during a protest in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson

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Seattle: Seattle Police attempt to push protestors back with blasts of pepper spray and flash bang grenades from taking to the interstate on foot

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Seattle: Police arrest and handcuff protestors who attempted to take to the interstate on foot

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New York: Several thousand people marched from Union Square to Times Square to protest. Crowds had gathered on the plaza on Monday evening awaiting the decision, but once it was announced protesters mobilized and began marching north

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Seattle: A protester reacts to being pepper sprayed by police after a group of demonstrators attempted to stop traffic on Interstate 5

People held up signs reading ‘Black lives matter’ and ‘Jail killer cops,’ and chanted ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ and ‘No justice, no peace’ as they walked to Times Square, reportsNBC4.

Activists had been planning to protest even before the night-time announcement that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown. 

The racially charged case in Ferguson has inflamed tensions and reignited debates over police-community relations even in cities hundreds of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. 

For many staging protests Monday, the shooting was personal, calling to mind other galvanizing encounters with local law enforcement.

Police departments in several major cities said they were bracing for large demonstrations with the potential for the kind of violence that marred nightly protests in Ferguson after Brown’s killing. 

Written by David Mccormack for MailOnline and Associated Press Reporter
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