November 26, 2014

THANK GOD, WE FEARED IT WAS SOMETHING SERIOUS (self-reference alert):

Impassioned crowds take to the streets in Boston (Nestor Ramos and Travis Andersen, NOVEMBER 26, 2014, Boston Globe)

Hundreds of protesters flooded the city's streets Tuesday night, marching from Roxbury to Back Bay and beyond, raising their voices and their hands in grief and frustration over a grand jury's decision to not charge a Missouri police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

An estimated 1,400 protesters marched from Dudley Square to the South Bay House of Correction, then onto the Massachusetts Avenue Connector near Interstate 93 before being blocked by a police line. [...]

Shortly after midnight, Superintendent in Chief William Gross of the Boston Police said there had been more than 15 arrests during the night's protest, including two at Dewey Square. He said the protesters had not been violent.

"I'm very proud of the young people here," Gross said. "Do you see any cars burning? Do you see any broken windows? No."

The crowd was dispersing by about 12:30 a.m. Gross said he had no plans to break up the protest during the night if it continued.

"I'm the chief of police. I wholeheartedly support their right to protest, their First Amendment rights," he said, adding later: "Imagine, from South Bay to here, and there are no cars burning, no businesses looted. This is great."

We drove from central NH to the Cape last night and starting in Southern NH cop cars went flying by headed South and even as we got to the Cape they were flying by going North.  Before we got to Boston we were afraid there must have been a terrible accident.  Finally, we'd seen so many police cars we were afraid it might have been another terrorist incident. Good to know it was a harmless kerfuffle.

Posted by at November 26, 2014 8:20 AM
  

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