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Seattle: protesters march after Ferguson decision

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A protest in Seattle following a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson drew an estimated 200 people. A protest in Seattle following a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson drew an estimated 200 people.
SEATTLE -

Demonstrators marched through Seattle on Monday night, joining thousands across the country in a protest of a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Seattle Times estimated the protest drew more than 200 people.

Chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," Seattle marchers stopped periodically to sit or lie down in city intersections, blocking traffic before moving on. Dozens of police officers watched the marchers. Police said late Monday night they were removing protesters from Interstate 5. The Washington State Patrol has responded to help block freeway ramps in the area.

While acknowledging that Seattle is "far from perfect," Mayor Ed Murray told a news briefing that his city "is committed to the goals of racial, social justice." He and Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole urged protesters to make their case peacefully.

Despite that plea, police say protesters have thrown canned food, bottles and rocks. Police have responded with percussion grenades and brought in more officers.

St. Louis County, Missouri, authorities earlier announced that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

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