12/05/2014 05:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Protests Over Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Shut Down Major Chicago Roadways

As protesters nationwide took to the streets Thursday night in continued demonstrations against the grand jury decision this week not to indict the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, protests in Chicago took on an especially impassioned tone as hundreds of demonstrators temporarily blocked multiple major roadways.

Protests began around 5 p.m. in the Loop, the city's business district, and lasted for several hours, as participants briefly marched onto the Dan Ryan Expressway before walking up Michigan Avenue and later onto Lake Shore Drive, where protesters temporarily shut down both directions of the major roadway.


Photo by Minku Media.

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Photo by Matt McLoughlin (soit_goes).

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Photo by Matt McLoughlin (soit_goes).


Photo by Minku Media.

The demonstration made for a dramatic scene as traffic stood still on the usually busy street.

This is what it looked like from above:

Later in the evening, a smaller group of protesters continued off the drive, staging a die-in demonstration at the intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue, and also running into Bears fans exiting Soldier Field following the team’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Only four arrests, all on misdemeanor charges, were reported during Thursday’s protests in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.



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