NEW YORK, New York – Overnight, New York, the city that never sleeps, almost became a city at a standstill.
Thousands of protesters out in the streets, stopping traffic, blocking bridges, even shutting down Times Square like it was rockin’ New Year’s Eve.
Demonstrators in cities across the country continued to protest the decision by a grand jury not to indict an NYPD cop in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man resisting arrest.
While marchers chanted “whose streets, our streets”, New York’s police quietly displayed their disagreement.
In Chicago, protesters blocked the Dan Ryan Expressway and marched into the city’s Loop.
In Dallas, protesters shouting “hands up, don’t shoot” temporarily shut down an interstate.
Even former president George W. Bush is throwing in his two-cents into race relations, saying it’s sad that race continues to divide Americans.
“I had dinner with Condi the other night and we talked about this subject and she just said you gotta understand that there are a lot of black folks around that are just incredibly more and more distrusting of law enforcement.”
Protesters across the country are trying to open a national conversation about cops and their communities, and so far they’re doing it without riots, looting, and burning.
Maybe they’ve learned that, as in the Garner killing, it’s hard to talk when someone’s going for the throat.