UNION SQUARE — Thousands of marchers gathered in Union Square Thursday night in solidarity with protesters in the St. Louis suburb thrown into turmoil by the shooting of an unarmed black teen last weekend.
Marchers gathered around 7 p.m. in Union Square, in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Jamaica, Queens, holding signs saying “Stand With The Many” and “Do You Feel Secure Yet?” Other signs read “Don’t Shoot” as marchers placed their hands above their heads and walked through city streets.
The demonstrations came five days after Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was unarmed at the time, though the Ferguson Police Department has claimed the officer shot Brown after they fought over a weapon.
Police in Ferguson have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at marchers and protesters have thrown Molotov Cocktails in clashes.
Five people were arrested in the Manhattan demonstrations Thursday night, as protestors marched from Union Square up Broadway and shut down parts of Times Square, leaving drivers stranded in their cars.
Edward Diaz, 26, was arrested on 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue about 9:20 p.m. Diaz, of Washington Heights, was charged with inciting to riot, obstruction of government administration and disorderly conduct, police said.
Jason Woody, 30, of the Bronx, was arrested at the same intersection for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the NYPD said.
Julius Stukes, 22, of Canarsie, Gregory Alexander, 23, of Crown Heights, and Trequan Randel Love, 23, of Carlton, Mass., were also arrested for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, police said.
Protestors took to Twitter to call more attention to the march.
“Lost my voice shouting out repetitively, ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ 'I can’t breathe,’ and ‘no justice, no peace,’ #Ferguson nyc,” tweeted @MedinaEsquilin.
“NYC LETS GO!!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!!!!! #RIPMIKEBROWN @ 14st Union Square,” added @AmazingNelley.