US protestors rally for a second night

US protestors rally for a second night

-NRN/Reuters

A second night of violence has occurred in the US state of Missouri, following a Grand Jury decision earlier this week, not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teen.

44 people were arrested in protests, which have emerged in support of teenager Michael Brown, who was killed in an incident involving Officer Darren Wilson in August.

A police car has been torched near City Hall in Ferguson, protestors have clashed with police outside a local police station and arson and looting have occurred for a second night.

Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson.

Elsewhere, protests swelled from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

In New York, police used pepper spray to control the crowd after protesters tried to block the Lincoln Tunnel and Triborough Bridge and marched to Times Square. Several hundred also marched in Harlem, chanting “Racist police!”

Protesters in Los Angeles threw water bottles and other objects at officers outside city police headquarters and later obstructed both sides of a downtown freeway with makeshift roadblocks and debris, authorities said.

In Oakland, California, protesters set rubbish on fire in the middle of a street and swept onto a downtown stretch of Interstate 980, briefly halting traffic. Demonstrators also blocked traffic in Atlanta, where 21 arrests were reported.

Four people were arrested for blocking a roadway in Denver, where police said several hundred people turned out for a protest march. In one of the night’s biggest rallies, an estimated 1,500 people took to the streets of Boston, though police there reported just a handful of arrests. Inmates at a correctional facility in Boston taped Brown’s name on a window in solidarity with protesters who marched outside.

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