Following the announcement, protestors took to the streets of New York City with signs reading "Black Lives Matter." They moved towards Rockefeller Center, where the annual Christmas tree lighting was being held and featured performances from Broadway stars Idina Menzel, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, the Rockettes and more.
Members of the Broadway community used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to express their thoughts and reactions to the protests and the grandy jury's decision.
Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay anything but complacent. Goodnight.
Somebody help me. I need help. So, since the chokehold is BANNED but not ILLEGAL - meaning not a crime - it's ok to kill a civilian with it?
From London I look at America and I can't stop these tears tonight. BLACK LIVES MATTER. #BlackLivesMatter
— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) December 4, 2014
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) December 4, 2014
heartbroken again. #blacklivesmatter
— Nikka G Lanzarone (@nikkalanz) December 3, 2014
The decision comes just a week after a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, chose to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting and killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.