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Thousands of protesters around the country took to the streets over Shabbos to decry what they considered police brutality — one such marched through Crown Heights.
Demonstrators effectively shut down streets and bridges in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and Washington, DC where Rev. Al Sharpton led the protest.
In Manhattan, an estimated 25,000 demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park for a 2 p.m. march to One Police Plaza outside the NYPD headquarters, according to CBS2.
They held signs and chanted “No Justice, No Peace – no racist police” expressing outrage over the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, the station reported.
Garner died in July after police officers attempted to arrest him in Staten Island and Brown was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Both officers weren’t charged.
The march in New York City spilled into other boroughs over the course of the day with thousands of marchers walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.
At around 9 pm, one such march passed by Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, where a black man was shot to death by police after stabbing a Yeshiva student. They chanted “Shut it down!”
Heavy police presence was noted near the large synagogue. The entrance doors, through which 50-year-old African American Calvin Peters entered wielding a knife on Tuesday, were closed.
Crown Heights residents were advised to stay in doors to avoid further confrontation, but one Yeshiva student told COLlive.com of a brief conversation he held with a protester outside 770.
According to him, the black man told him: “You guys are protected. That’s money over there.”
The bochur told him, “You heard what happened here last week?”
“Yes,” the person replied, “He was a brother and we are dealing with a lot of racism now.”