When demonstrators rallied following the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, they had the ability to march somewhat freely through the streets of New York.
This time around was much different. Thousands rallied in Union Square in support of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in the custody of Baltimore police following arrest. Shortly after beginning their march, they were halted by police in riot gear just half an avenue away from the northwest corner of the square.
With the freedom of past marches still fresh in memory, protestors became angered, police became agitated, and that’s all she wrote. Dozens of arrests were made minutes after the rally left Union Square, and the aggressive nature of the tactics used by law enforcement caused the massive crowd to splinter off into smaller groups that then navigated into other parts of the city.
Emotions were high as the scene played out and in the end more than 130 people found themselves behind bars.