*Seven protesters were arrested in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday morning as part of the #StoptheParade movement, aimed at disrupting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the name of Ferguson teen Michael Brown.
The demonstrators, fueled by a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s fatal shooting, were arrested for smashing windows and knocking over barricades, police said. They were taken into custody at 9:20 a.m. at W. 37th St. and Broadway, according to an NYPD spokesman.
The six men and one woman attempted to make it into the parade route one block away at 6th Ave., and a few briefly succeeded before cops pulled them from the throngs of people, according to the New York Daily News.
One of the men will receive a summons for disorderly conduct, and the other six will be hit with desk appearance tickets, the NYPD said.
At about noon, some 50 to 60 protesters at 33rd St. and Broadway began making their way to Times Square, where they briefly staged a sit-in. No arrests were made.
“We shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving when there’s going to be an empty seat at dinner for the family of Mike Brown. It needs to be known worldwide!” said John Nicholas, 18, of Harlem.
“So many people come to see the Thanksgiving parade from all over the world, it was important to show them what’s going on. It was the perfect place.”
Participants used the #stoptheparade hashtag on social media and posted videos of them chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” and “Don’t shoot!”
One video showed a confrontation between protesters and police, with cops apparently struggling to keep the demonstrators within a barricaded area.
Jacqui Hanna, 30, said she decided to join the protesters after she ran into them marching in Midtown.
“The police aren’t here to protect us. Our police are supposed to be here to protect us and make us feel safe and they really make many actually feel scared,” said Hanna, a waitress from the Bronx. “These people feel this matter is more important than even spending time with their families today. I think they chose a perfect day to do this. This demonstration needed to happen.”