WASHINGTON — D.C. saw its second protest in as many nights over a Missouri grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
On Monday night, a spontaneous protest marched from the African-American Civil War Memorial to the White House. At the time, organizers said they’d be back Tuesday, and they were — starting at Mount Vernon Square and ending on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery.
As on Monday night, the march was peaceful and loud, with chants including “We young/ We strong/ We marching all night long” and “Hands up/ Don’t shoot,” said to be Brown’s last words. Signs included “End Racial Profiling in D.C.” and “Darren Wilson murdered Mike Brown.”
At one point, the hundreds of marchers blocked the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and 5th Street NW. They also arrived at the H Street Wal-Mart and chanted about shutting it down. Organizer Eugene Puryear said on Monday that that was the marchers’ goal for Black Friday; they also plan to shut down Georgetown’s M Street on Saturday.
The march ended at the National Portrait Gallery; a contingent of marchers said they would continue to the White House.