On Monday evening, a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The response was swift in cities across the States. U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans to respect the jury’s decision.
A protester stands with his hands on his head as a cloud of tear gas approaches. (Adrees Latif, Reuters).
Demonstrators vandalized police cars and buildings. The Associated Press said there were reports of gunshots heard on the streets of Ferguson. (David Goldman, AP)
In Washington, Barack Obama said he understood that many Americans would be disappointed with the decision. ‘We are a nation built on the rule of law,’ he said late Monday night. ‘We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.’ (AP Photo)
Meanwhile, outside the White House, people held signs and chanted, ‘Justice for Michael Brown.’ (Joshua Roberts, Reuters).
Protesters gather outside the Chicago Police headquarters. (Chales Rex, AP)
In New York, several hundred people gathered in Union Square before marching peacefully to Times Square. (Carlo Allegri, Reuters)
New Yorkers filled Times Square at the close of the march. (John Minchillo, AP)
(John Minchillo, AP)
A woman prays during a demonstration in Los Angeles, California. (Reuters).
Protesters in Beverly Hills. (Nick Ut, AP)
In Oakland, California, crowded flooded the freeways and blocked traffic on Interstate 580. (Noah Berger, AP Photo)