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[VIDEO] Multiple arrests at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after protesters target route

NEW YORK (PIX11) - Police arrested multiple people at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday after a group of protesters broke from their designated route and clashed with officers.

Seven people were arrested, according to the NYPD, after they overturned a trash can and tried to run toward the floats.

About an hour before protesters were detained with hand ties, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said police were prepared for any potential disruptions.

"We'll be prepared for that and let's hope they are smart enough and courteous enough to not engage in that activity today," Bratton said. "This is a national event, a historic event, anybody who seeks to interrupt it would be very callous indeed on this special day."

Roughly 50 protesters gathered Thursday morning and were allowed by police to walk from 5th Avenue and 42nd Street down to 37th street.  Once they reached 37th Street they were directed west along 37th Street, but instead turned around and tried to run east, back toward the Macy's route.

The NYPD took down several protestors who they say were not being cooperative with what was being asked of them and who were trying to make. it back into the parade route.

A total of seven protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct.

Some remained near 6th Avenue and 37th protesting peacefully.

The parade was never interrupted.

The group organized the gathering using the hashtag #stoptheparade on Twitter.  They held signs decrying the Darren Wilson jury decision and the recent deaths of Akai Gurley, Eric Garner and Tamil Brown, all of whom were killed by police officers.

Bill Muller contributed to this report.

 

21 comments

  • crystal

    Say what omgosh this is a thanksgiving day OMG this crazy arrested OK . something not right they all trying to have a good time only Lord no Best regards oh all this just because its thanksgiving day parade.

  • Roger D

    How about instead of rioting and protesting, these people put their efforts into education young people on how to act when approached by an officer???? It would save more lives and make more sense than acting like a bunch of damn animals.

    • dereklall

      I think you mean educating young people. That’s hilarious you say that police keep murdering unarmed civilians everyday. In my opinion that tells me those civilians need to carry weapons as well, so if the police decide to shot them at least they can take out the cop too I think it’s only fair. I was pulled over a week ago and the cop was reaching for his weapon, and I was just going to work. I’m surprised the thug didn’t kill me. It made me think I should’ve been armed in case he tried to shoot me I could’ve at least shot him back.

  • B

    The young boy who died was named Tamir Rice. Get his name right. Who the fuck wrote this article. Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner and SO many more. Do your job better next time.

  • Tom

    People who are demonstrating against Officer Wilson not being indicted really need to educate themselves by at least reading up on the case documents and forensics. There was absolutely NO EVIDENCE whatsoever to indict this officer. There was more reason for witnesses to be brought up on Pergury charges.

  • Lipp Liquor

    Is apparent that blacks and whites do not get along. They do not want white cops in their communities. so how about having black towns and white towns. each has it’s own homes, schools, parks, stores and police and fire departments. Each does not go into the others towns. Would that make them happy? Then the whie cop on black would never happen again.

  • Tom

    With testimony like this it’s real hard to see how this whole thing went down. Sorry but if you side with Michael Brown on this one you are a complete idiot. Im not saying that young, innocent black teens don’t get profiled or shot unjustly by police officers- but this time you are fighting the wrong fight- and that ruins credibility. All most people think is what they WANT to and CHOOSE to believe- but have they read the evidence?? Are people aware that this same kid robbed a store shortly before this took place and assaulted the owner? That he tried to grab the cops gun and the forensic evidence SUPPORTS THAT!!!! These witnesses would be brought up on charges if this officer was indicted. They actually should be now but whats more important is that people need to understand WHY the officer wasn’t indicted before destroying one’s own town and crying for justice.

    One witness had told the FBI that Wilson shot Brown in the back and then “stood over him and finished him off.” But in his grand jury testimony, this witness acknowledged that he had not seen that part of the shooting, and that what he told the FBI was “based on me being where I’m from, and that can be the only assumption that I have.”

    The witness, who lives in the predominantly black neighborhood where Brown was killed, also acknowledged that he changed his story to fit details of the autopsy that he had learned about on TV.

    “So it was after you learned that the things you said you saw couldn’t have happened that way, then you changed your story about what you seen?” a prosecutor asserted.

    “Yeah, to coincide with what really happened,” the witness replied.

    Another man, describing himself as a friend of Brown’s, told a federal investigator that he heard the first gunshot, looked out his window and saw an officer with a gun drawn and Brown “on his knees with his hands in the air.” He added: “I seen him shoot him in the head.”

    But when later pressed by the investigator, the friend said he had not seen the actual shooting because he was walking down the stairs at the time and instead had heard details from someone in the apartment complex.

    “What you are saying you saw isn’t forensically possible based on the evidence,” the investigator told the friend.

    Shortly after that, the friend asked if he could leave.

    “I ain’t feeling comfortable,” he said.

  • Rev.Al Dull-ton

    These are all “paid professional protesters” who have nothing better to do than try to ruin normal people’s festivities.
    Yup….these are the same Occupy Wall Street scum.
    Protesting the Ferguson situation?
    WTF is there to protest….you brainless twits? The Grand Jury’s findings are indisputable!
    A big EFF YOU to each and everyone of you dopes!
    How about the law abiding citizens of America protest you for being dipshits….and maybe we can call Michael Brown the racist for attacking a white man! (How ’bout them apples,Al Sharpton)?
    Nah….we wouldn’t do that because we have brains and common sense.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone with exception to the jackasses who want to ruin it!

  • pamik

    So you think that by interrupting a yearly parade we’re supposed to think of Ferguson, MO? When I see you and all the other protesters I think to myself “don’t you have jobs? don’t you know how to act in the face of adversity? do you really feel good destroying your own city(ies) and stealing from your local stores that you go into daily?” If you really want change, then how about changing yourselves. Regardless of your color, keep your willies in your pants and don’t have 10 kids to 10 different women. Be a responsible adult and raise your children right. Put down your cells and TALK to your children. Quit giving them everything they think they’re entitled to. Get off your lazy butts and put something back into your communities instead of sitting back and watching it go down the drain. You have the strength to protest, then have the balls to go out and really do good and make a difference.

  • Lisa Futvoye-Shepherd

    7/18- Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/18- Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/17- Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/11- Luis Aguilar, 91 year old Hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/10- Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/6- Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/6- Jeffrey Westfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/5- Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/3- Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news
    7/3 Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/2 Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
    7/2 Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/30 Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/29 Paul Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/27 Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/27 Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/27 Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/26 Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/25 Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/24 Nathan Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/22 Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/20 John Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/18 John Yingling, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/17 Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/15 Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/11 Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/11 Nathan Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/7 Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/5 Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/2 Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
    6/1 William Headley, white male, murdered by black male. No national news
    Just saying!! COPY AND POST Lets be heard!

    This is NOT about race, this is about the Police State we are now forced to live in.

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