Protesters of NYC chokehold case block Lake Shore Drive

  • Chicago police block protesters Thursday night on Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue. The protesters had blocked other downtown intersections after being turned away from Soldier Field, marching against the decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.

    Chicago police block protesters Thursday night on Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue. The protesters had blocked other downtown intersections after being turned away from Soldier Field, marching against the decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of an unarmed black man. courtesy of abc 7 Chicago

  • Chicago police greet protesters Thursday night on Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue.

    Chicago police greet protesters Thursday night on Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue. courtesy of abc 7 Chicago

 
Associated Press
Updated 12/4/2014 9:16 PM

Hundreds of protesters blocked Chicago's Lake Shore Drive Thursday night to show displeasure with a grand jury decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.

The protesters were thwarted in their efforts to march to Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys were playing. In response they reversed direction and headed for the city's Dan Ryan Expressway, where about two dozen demonstrators darted onto the road. They briefly blocked five lanes before being pushed back by police.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Reversing direction again, demonstrators headed to Lake Michigan, blocking several thoroughfares before spilling onto Lake Shore Drive, blocking traffic in both directions.

About 9 p.m. ABC 7 Chicago reported that the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive reopened, and at 9:15 the station reported all lanes had reopened.

A grand jury's decision Wednesday not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July has triggered protests around the country.

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