Thanksgiving day was peaceful in Ferguson Missouri, but the start of Black Friday erupted in protests at major retail stores.
Protestors in St. Louis interrupted Black Friday shopping in large retail stores to protest the grand jury decision not to prosecute the police officer who killed Michael Brown. Other protests are planned throughout the weekend in malls across the country.
About two dozen people chanted “No justice, no peace, down the racist cop” and “Down Black Friday” after police pulled them out of a Wal-Mart during a protest in the early hours of the morning in Manchester.
Police officers warned the protesters that they could be arrested if they did not move back at least 50 feet from the entrance of the store. This stopped things for a bit, but Sergio Lins Andrade read that it was still a bit hostile. Officers began to move towards the protesters to move them back, until they dispersed to the parking lot.
The stores remained open during and after the protest, and there were no arrests or violence, according to reports in USA Today.
“We want the world to know that things must change,” said Chenjerai Kumanyika, associate professor at Clemson University, adding that the group had already visited several large stores that were open on Black Friday.
The protesters spent a few minutes at each establishment. According to Johnetta Elzie, who has been tweeting and posting videos of the protests on the internet, there were protests at a Wal-Mart and Target in Brentwood, two Wal-Mart stores in San Carlos and another in Manchester.
Since the announcement Monday night that the grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson, there have been demonstrations in Ferguson and across the country.