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These Pictures Show The Response To Police Injustice Is Nationwide

Thousands gathered in New York Thursday for a second day of protests after a grand jury announced its decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner.

Massive crowds of protesters demonstrated in Foley Square, in Lower Manhattan, as well as in major cities, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston and Washington.

The Garner decision came nine days after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, chose not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Both of the officers were white, while those who were killed were black, heightening tensions between the black community and police.

Garner, who died on July 17, was placed in what appeared to be a prohibited chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo before he was heard, on camera, repeatedly telling officers, "I can't breathe."

Protesters chanted Garner's last words as they took to New York's streets Thursday night in an attempt to address policing issues that have plagued the city for years.

"Our voices have to be heard, because there's been injustice twice in one week," Jasmine Taylor, an African-American woman from Harlem, told The Huffington Post. ""Enough is enough."

The grand jury decision sends a message that "it's okay for cops to shoots us, as long as they're cops," Taylor said.

The protests in New York were generally peaceful. Cops did not directly interfere and instead trailed behind protesters in cars. However, a line of police in riot gear protected the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, where protesters blocked traffic after last week's decision in Ferguson.

Adu Matory, a black 19-year-old who lives in Brooklyn, said he came to Thursday's protest "in light of recent events."

Matory said it seems like there's been a "snowballing" of injustice. He said he wasn't surprised at the decision in Garner's case, but added: "There's always a little bit of hope."

Take a look at some of the protests -- in New York and nationwide -- as demonstrations continue to unfold:

  • Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police offi
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    Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, Thursday in New York. A grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Demonstrators take part in a protest following Wednesday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police offi
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    Demonstrators take part in a protest following Wednesday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold in the death of Eric Garner in July, in Foley Square on Thursday in New York City. The grand jury declined to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner's death. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
  • Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
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    Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
  • Protestors march in Chicago on Thursday.
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    Protestors march in Chicago on Thursday.
  • Police prepare for protesters in New York on Thursday.
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    Police prepare for protesters in New York on Thursday.
  • Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
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    Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
  • Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
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    Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
  • Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
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    Protesters take the streets in New York on Thursday.
  • Demonstrators take part in a protest following Wednesday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police offi
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    Demonstrators take part in a protest following Wednesday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold in the death of Eric Garner in July, in Foley Square on Thursday in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
  • Protestors fill Foley Square in New York City on Thursday..
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    Protestors fill Foley Square in New York City on Thursday..
  • A woman holds a sign as she takes part in a protest following Wednesday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indic
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    A woman holds a sign as she takes part in a protest following Wednesday's decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold in the death of Eric Garner in July, in Foley Square on Thursday in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
  • Protesters in New York City on Thursday.
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    Protesters in New York City on Thursday.
  • Protesters take the streets in Chicago on Thursday.
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    Protesters take the streets in Chicago on Thursday.
  • Protesters in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday.
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    Protesters in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday.
  • Guests look out of their hotel room as Keith Stephens, of Atlanta, chants with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday durin
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    Guests look out of their hotel room as Keith Stephens, of Atlanta, chants with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Diamond Nimene, left, and Samaria Muhammad, right, chant with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday during a demonstration
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    Diamond Nimene, left, and Samaria Muhammad, right, chant with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Protesters gather in Boston on Thursday.
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    Protesters gather in Boston on Thursday.
  • Protesters fill Foley Square in New York City on Thursday Dec. 4, 2014.
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    Protesters fill Foley Square in New York City on Thursday Dec. 4, 2014.
  • A message reading "Black Lives Matter" is written across the cheek of Samaria Muhammad as she chants with fellow protesters i
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    A message reading "Black Lives Matter" is written across the cheek of Samaria Muhammad as she chants with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Protests in Boston on Thursday.
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    Protests in Boston on Thursday.
  • A demonstrator screams as others protest the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New Yor
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    A demonstrator screams as others protest the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, by lying in the street as they march through Pittsburgh on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
  • Protestors march in Washington, D.C., on Thursday..
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    Protestors march in Washington, D.C., on Thursday..
  • Demonstrators protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Fergu
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    Demonstrators protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, lie down on Liberty Avenue as they march through downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
  • A demonstrator protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferg
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    A demonstrator protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, hold their arms up in the "hands up, don't shoot" position during a march through Pittsburgh on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
  • Protesters gather in Berkeley CA on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
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    Protesters gather in Berkeley CA on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
  • Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
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    Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
  • Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
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    Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
  • Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
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    Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
  • Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
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    Protesters gather at the University of Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.