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Demonstrators protest in Portland & Seattle for Michael Brown

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Seattle: Protest temporarily closes some I-5 lanes

SEATTLE (AP) - Police say some demonstrators protesting the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, got onto Interstate 5 in Seattle, where highway officials briefly closed all northbound lanes. Elsewhere, officers say Seattle protesters have hurled bottles and rocks. At least two arrests have been reported.
    
Police said late Monday night they had removed several protesters from the freeway. The state Transportation Department announced a short time later that closed freeway lanes had reopened. Police also cautioned drivers that they had reports of rocks being thrown onto I-5.
    
The Seattle Times reports that Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said she believed there had been at least two arrests.
    
There were no reports of injuries.
    
The mayhem began after Seattle protesters spent several hours marching peacefully.  The Times reports that police responded with pepper spray and percussion grenades.
    
Shortly before midnight, the roving crowd was estimated at about 200 demonstrators.
    
Thousands across the country are protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.

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Portland, Ore: Ferguson protest is peaceful

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A small group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Portland, Oregon, to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

KATU-TV reports (http://is.gd/iNazxf ) that some chanted "No Justice, No Peace" outside the Justice Center, but the rally was mostly calm. No arrests were reported Monday night.

Thousands across the country protested the grand jury decision.

Authorities in Missouri announced Monday evening that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

After the announcement, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said Portland worked with community leaders "to help facilitate the safe demonstration of citizens' constitutional rights of assembly and speech."

He says society has a lot of work ahead to address inequities.



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