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Protestors rally against police brutality in Times Square

Protest in Union Square brings together supporters of peace.
Protest in Union Square brings together supporters of peace.
Charmaine Nero

Protestors gathered in Times Square on Thursday night to protest the police shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teen. The rally held in Union Square quickly picked up momentum as students, activist and concerned citizens marched through the busy Manhattan streets during rush hour chanting, "No justice, no peace" and "Hands up, don't shoot."

Many protestors came to the rally after hearing about it on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, including Keisha Eddie, an alumni of LaSalle University. Many, mostly students, were seen with handmade signs that advocated the restoration of civil rights among black youth. A Georgia State University student, Kaneenah Abdul, held a sign that read, “Resistance is justified from Ferguson to Gaza.”

The rally comes in the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year old Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri who was gunned down by police. Rallies were held in support of the teen and to bring awareness to the issue of police brutality, particularly against black men. The rally bought back the sentiments felt from the killing of Eric Garner, Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo.

The murder of Mike Brown gained national and international attention after pictures surfaced of the military style tactics used by the police department, including tear gas and rubber bullets, against the residents of Ferguson. After two journalists were arrested and others attacked, the president made a statement condemning the actions taken by police. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the shooting death of Brown and the recent chaos that has ensued in Ferguson.

Rallies were held across the nation simultaneously in major cities including Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.