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Protests Continue Friday in D.C.

Protesters remained peaceful as they wove throughout the city Thursday night

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    Thousands Protest in D.C. Thursday

    News4's Shomari Stone has the latest information on several large protests in D.C. Thursday night. (Published Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014)

    Several thousand protesters weaved their way through D.C. Thursday, following the grand jury decisions this week not to indict white police officers in the deaths of black men in Missouri and New York. 

    About 100 people first gathered outside the Department of Justice on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, then headed to 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, where they staged a "die-in" just a block from the White House. At the same time, hundreds of people attended the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    Just after 6 p.m. the group headed south and blocked the 14th Street Bridge, a major thoroughfare to and from the District, for about 45 minutes. The crowd grew larger throughout the evening and eventually weaved its way to Chinatown, then through the Third Street Tunnel underpass and shut it down just before 9:30 p.m.

    It reopened as the demonstrators headed to Union Station, where they shut down a traffic circle out front.

    At one point, a large group entered the H Street NW Wal-Mart, where protesters marched and chanted, "No justice, no peace."

    Meanwhile, another group of approximately 2,000 people gathered outside Metropolitan Police Headquarters on Indiana Avenue NW, where they chanted "I can't breathe," evoking Eric Garner's last words before he was placed in a fatal chokehold by a New York City police officer. 

    On the whole, demonstrators stayed peaceful and no injuries were reported.