Since a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson early last week, thousands have taken to the streets around the country to protest, with some using tactics aimed to disrupt: They’ve marched onto freeways in traffic, chained themselves across commuter train cars, and staged “die-ins” in malls on the busiest shopping day of the year.
In downtown Dallas, Interstate 35 was shut down in both directions for two hours last Tuesday night, after protesters carrying signs that said “Black Lives Matter” climbed in front of traffic. In the St. Louis region, three malls experienced significant disruptions on Black Friday, with one closing three hours early. And in Oakland, a handful of young activists chained themselves in a line across the West Oakland BART station, intending to keep the station closed for four and a half hours, the amount of time Michael Brown’s body laid in the street.
Chanting at #BARTlockdown #blacklivesmatter #blackoutblackfriday https://t.co/VokkxdQvqO
— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) November 28, 2014
Ferguson protesters back at Dallas police HQ after blocking I-35E; 7 arrested http://t.co/6Q909H2Izy pic.twitter.com/PGTbb8yBZl
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) November 26, 2014