Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in New York and Washington on Saturday, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police.The rallies in the US capital, New York, Boston and in several Californian cities were among the largest in a growing protest movement sparked by the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9 . Grand jury decisions not to prosecute the white officers responsible for 18-year-old Brown's death and a fatal chokehold on New York father of six Eric Garner in July, have triggered weeks of protests. Though police in Washington did not provide an estimate of the crowd size, it appeared far larger than the 5,000 people organizers initially said they'd expected.In New York, police said approximately 25,000 took to the streets. The atmosphere in New York as elsewhere was defiant but peaceful. Protesters were closely shadowed by police and police helicopters hovered overhead.
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