Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ferguson Protest Reaches Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ferguson Protest Reaches Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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NEW YORK * Six men and a woman protesting the St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson were arrested after they tried to march toward the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, police said.

Near the end of the parade route, about 50 protesters walked down the sidewalk carrying signs and chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot."

"We will not tolerate, under any circumstances, any effort to disrupt this parade," police Commissioner William Bratton said earlier Thursday.

"This is a national event, a historic event. Anybody who would seek to interrupt it would be callous, indeed, on this very special day."

Protests in New York have remained peaceful since the grand jury's decision.

The streets of Ferguson were calm with the arrival of the holiday, in contrast to sometimes violent protests that took place earlier in the week.

In New York, heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters protected spectators of all ages who lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.

Before the parade was over, snow flurries had replaced drizzle as thousands of people discovered they could get no closer than a long block away from the colorful spectacle.

In Los Angeles, some of the hundreds of people arrested in protests there on Wednesday night said they had broken no laws and never heard the police order to disperse. Several said they inadvertently marched into tight areas where they became easy marks for arrest.

On Thursday, with an additional 145 people jailed overnight, Chief Charlie Beck ordered all of the protesters released in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

"We were a little surprised that there was that many and frankly, a little disappointed," Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "All our actions are predicated on the behavior of the crowd. …

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