Friday, December 05, 2014
Protests sweep the country again tonight (Friday)
by Larry Geller
Update: So what appeared in the Star-Advertiser on Saturday morning? There was an article on a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice, the black sixth-grader shot by police in Cleveland last month (see this). At the end of that story, if one had read it, were mentions of nationwide protests such as in New York, the Apple store and Columbus Circle, and at Yale. So I give them a C-, at least they carried the Rice story.
The Star-Advertiser did carry an AP story this morning that gave a pretty good account of protests at various places around the country. It even discussed the issues surrounding the grand jury process. It’s good to see the key national story of the present time finally revealed in our local paper.
Let’s see what they carry tomorrow—the streets are still hot with protest this evening, as evidenced by a flood of tweets. Some include photos, others videos or livestream links. One noted that NYC police seem to be singling out livestreamers for arrest.
Man shot in Los Angeles
I suspected it would just be a question of time. It appears that a protester was shot and killed in Los Angeles—and some tweets report that he was handcuffed after he was dead. Clearly, this is something we’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s news to sort out.
Two more grand jury decisions coming soon
If these also result in no charges, the country might explode…
Protests across the country and elsewhere
From a quick scan of tweets, here’s what I found:
New York City: traffic stopped on FDR drive, and Apple Store and Macy’s shut down, Columbus Circle was closed, a huge die in was held at Grand Central Station, protests at One Police Plaza, rabbis arrested for praying on street (?)
Ferguson: die in
Oakland: Rt 880 repeatedly shut down, protesters faced down riot police, BART station actions
Boston: Central Square
Austin: Congress Bridge
Washington DC: an intersection blocked
Portland, OR: streets blocked
Los Angeles: protester killed by police
San Francisco: Powell & Market St.
New Orleans: protesters lie down on streetcar tracks
Chicago: kids protest
Tokyo: silent march against police brutality
Gaza: Children stand in solidarity
Seoul Korea: vigil planned for tomorrow