(NEW YORK) — Scores of people were arrested in New York City Wednesday evening as a few thousand protesters gathered in solidarity with those in Baltimore seeking answers to the death of Freddie Gray.
The demonstration began peacefully in Manhattan’s Union Square and then spread uptown to Times Square with protesters also roaming the West Side Highway and briefly blocking outbound traffic at the Holland Tunnel, which links the city to New Jersey.
The real trouble began when demonstrators refused an order from police officers to remain on the sidewalk. That’s when cops swooped in to take some of the marchers into custody.
Wednesday’s protest, in conjunction with similar rallies in other large cities, was organized by Millions March NYC, which led last year’s demonstrations against police brutality that critics say caused the deaths of Staten island resident Eric Garner and Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri.
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