Philadelphia: Freddie Gray Protestors Clash With Police

(CNN) Across the world, demonstrators are taking to the streets to support Baltimore protesters and to complain about police brutality in their own towns. In the United States, the protests took place Thursday in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

The protests will probably continue, at least into the weekend.

Demonstrations in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Oakland, California, are scheduled for Friday, which is also May Day, or International Workers Day — often used to call attention to issues affecting the working class and minorities.

A protest started Thursday afternoon in front of city hall. Aerial video showed several hundred people gathered. As the crowd swelled, it moved toward Rittenhouse Square.

Police and protesters clashed about 7:45 p.m., apparently when the group tried to block the entrance to I-95. CNN’s Poppy Harlow reported police had said they would move against anybody who tried to do that.

Aerial video showed uniformed officers grouping to push back demonstrators, many who held their hands in the air and chanted, “Hands up.”

“We just wanted to walk down the freeway,” one demonstrator told Harlow. “As soon as we walked up they started pushing us with their nightsticks and had their baton ready. They had their horses and all that other [stuff] they do trying to intimidate us. …

“We’re angry because of this system we’ve lived in forever. We want equality of justice.”

Police said two arrests were made. They estimated several hundred people participated at the demonstration’s peak.

Protesters sat down in the middle of Broad Street, blocking traffic. Some protesters were arrested. Later the crowd marched to the federal prison building and chanted, “You are not alone.”

Harlow said inmates in the prison flicked their lights on and off in recognition.

“We want equality of justice,” one protester told Harlow.

Freddie Gray Protests Philadelphia

Earlier in the evening, protesters surrounded a police car, but they didn’t rock the vehicle and police didn’t move on the crowd, philly.com reported. The crowd also stopped a public bus.

“There really have not been any major issues as they have continued to express their First Amendment rights and have marched throughout different parts of the city,” Mayor Michael Nutter told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “People want answers and justice. I understand that. Answers should be provided.”

More Protests in Ferguson

Violence marked protests that took place Tuesday night in Ferguson, Missouri, where three people were shot, city police reported.

But police said they didn’t do the shooting. A 20-year-old man was arrested and the three victims were in stable condition — two with wounds to the neck, one in the leg, police said.

Police said about 300 people marched, with protesters throwing rocks at police, damaging four police cars and setting trash and debris on fire near the intersection of Northwinds Estates Drive and West Florissant Avenue.

Chicago Protesters March Against Police Violence.

Hundreds of people marched on Tuesday from police headquarters through the Southside, CNN affiliate WGN reported. One arrest was made, for reckless conduct. Protesters talked about police violence and the death of Rekia Boyd, killed by an off-duty officer in 2012. The officer was acquitted last week.

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