Protests Tuesday spread across the country, and Kansas, with demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, and elsewhere shutting down bridges and roads one day after a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the state Capitol in Topeka to voice their anger after a Missouri grand jury refused to indict a St. Louis-area police officer for shooting an unarmed 18-year-old.
About 50 people holding signs turned up at the state Capitol in Topeka on Tuesday evening for a peaceful rally. A half-hour before the scheduled start, two protesters were shooed from the Statehouse steps and told they had to hold their rally on the sidewalk.
A similar number showed up at a Wichita church in response to the grand jury’s decision Monday not to charge Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
At the University of Kansas in Lawrence, more than 80 students, faculty and community members also protested the decision.
In Salina a small group of protestors stood quietly at a couple of different intersections, including at Crawford and Ohio, and at Crawford and 9th Street.