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(CNN) — Screams of outrage. Crowds marching down streets, blocking intersections and interstates. Fists raised in silence.

As the Ferguson grand jury’s decision was announced Monday night, protesters around the country — who had begun to gather hours earlier — responded in solidarity.

In New York, a roving crowd wound its way through the city, surging to more than 1,000 in Times Square before heading toward the Upper West Side, CNN’s Miguel Marquez tweeted.

Protesters run away after police deploy tear gas during a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, November 24. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. The grand jury did not indict Wilson in the case, unleashing new waves of protests in Ferguson and beyond:Protesters run away after police deploy tear gas during a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, November 24. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. The grand jury did not indict Wilson in the case, unleashing new waves of protests in Ferguson and beyond:
Police take position during clashes with protesters in Ferguson.Police take position during clashes with protesters in Ferguson.
A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up in Ferguson.A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up in Ferguson.
Police in riot gear move past a vehicle that continues to burn in Ferguson.Police in riot gear move past a vehicle that continues to burn in Ferguson.
A looter walks out of a burning Walgreens in Ferguson.A looter walks out of a burning Walgreens in Ferguson.
Riot police clash with protesters in Ferguson.Riot police clash with protesters in Ferguson.
Firefighters work on extinguishing a burning Little Caesar's restaurant in Ferguson.Firefighters work on extinguishing a burning Little Caesar’s restaurant in Ferguson.
Smoke fills the streets as buildings burn in Ferguson.Smoke fills the streets as buildings burn in Ferguson.
Police officers grab a protester in Ferguson.Police officers grab a protester in Ferguson.
A woman treats her face for possible tear gas exposure in Ferguson.A woman treats her face for possible tear gas exposure in Ferguson.
People walk away from a burning storage facility in Ferguson.People walk away from a burning storage facility in Ferguson.
A man steps out of a vandalized store in Ferguson.A man steps out of a vandalized store in Ferguson.
A police officer runs by a burning police car in Ferguson on Monday.A police officer runs by a burning police car in Ferguson on Monday.
Police officers stand guard as protesters confront them in Ferguson.Police officers stand guard as protesters confront them in Ferguson.
Protesters block streets in St. Louis after the announcement of the grand jury's decision.Protesters block streets in St. Louis after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision.
Police confront protesters after rioting breaks out.Police confront protesters after rioting breaks out.
A police officer points his rifle at demonstrators in Ferguson.A police officer points his rifle at demonstrators in Ferguson.
Protesters gather outside the White House.Protesters gather outside the White House.
Hundreds of demonstrators march down the middle of a street in Washington.Hundreds of demonstrators march down the middle of a street in Washington.
Protesters run for shelter as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson.Protesters run for shelter as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson.
The glass windows of a store are shattered in Ferguson.The glass windows of a store are shattered in Ferguson.
A protester scuffles with police during a march toward Times Square in New York.A protester scuffles with police during a march toward Times Square in New York.
People hold hands in a prayer for peace at the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles.People hold hands in a prayer for peace at the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles.
A demonstrator listens to a car radio as a grand jury's decision is delivered in front of the Ferguson police department on Monday, November 24 in Ferguson, Missouri. A demonstrator listens to a car radio as a grand jury’s decision is delivered in front of the Ferguson police department on Monday, November 24 in Ferguson, Missouri.
Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted away from in front of the Ferguson Police Department.Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted away from in front of the Ferguson Police Department.
A group of protesters vandalizes a police vehicle in Ferguson.A group of protesters vandalizes a police vehicle in Ferguson.
Protesters march near the Chicago Police headquarters.Protesters march near the Chicago Police headquarters.
Police officers confront protesters in Ferguson.Police officers confront protesters in Ferguson.
Demonstrators block traffic during a protest in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 24.Demonstrators block traffic during a protest in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 24.
Protesters march through the streets of New York in reaction to the grand jury decision in Missouri.Protesters march through the streets of New York in reaction to the grand jury decision in Missouri.
Demonstrators gather outside the police station in Ferguson.Demonstrators gather outside the police station in Ferguson.
Protesters gather as they wait for the announcement of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.Protesters gather as they wait for the announcement of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.
Members of media line up in a parking lot across from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center.Members of media line up in a parking lot across from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center.
Residents begin to gather at the Michael Brown memorial ahead of the grand jury announcement. Residents begin to gather at the Michael Brown memorial ahead of the grand jury announcement.
National Guard troops arrive ahead of the grand jury announcement. National Guard troops arrive ahead of the grand jury announcement.
Members of Missouri National Guard are escorted out of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center. Members of Missouri National Guard are escorted out of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center.
Demonstrators are confronted by police as they block a street during a protest ahead of the grand jury announcement. Demonstrators are confronted by police as they block a street during a protest ahead of the grand jury announcement.

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Photos: Reaction to Ferguson decisionPhotos: Reaction to Ferguson decision

Earlier in the evening, about 200 people flocked to Union Square, brandishing signs that read, “Jail killer cops,” and a large display, in lights: “Black lives matter.”

Protesters knocked down barricades and headed toward the West Village before turning north, accompanied by police.

Emotions boiled over in Philadelphia, too.

“Shouts of “f— the police” at word of no indictment,” a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter tweeted. “A man with the mic: ‘we don’t need to get mad.’ Others: ‘yes we do!'”

In Oakland, California, shop owners posted signs in their windows, “We support Michael Brown,” as marchers took to the streets.

A crowd filled the intersection at 14th and Broadway, and some demonstrators laid their bodies down in chalk outlines, reports on social media showed. Later they merged onto Interstate 580, shutting down traffic.

Similar scenes of a “die-in” were staged in downtown Seattle.

“Same story every time, being black is not a crime,” protesters shouted, according to a report from CNN affiliate KIRO.

In Washington, D.C., a large crowd assembled outside the White House, with some protesters lying down on Pennsylvania Avenue. In Los Angeles, a city still scarred by the riots of 1992, silent protesters staged a similar demonstration at the intersection of La Brea and Wilshire.

A group also assembled in front of the Colorado Capitol in Denver calling for nonviolence, according to CNN affliate KMGH.

The Chicago Tribune reported that some 200 protesters gathered outside the city’s police headquarters, chanting “We are Mike Brown!” and “I am Mike Brown!” They also carried signs, the paper reported, bearing phrases like “Won’t stop ’til we get justice,” “Killer pigs must pay,” and “Stop the racist killer cops.”

Later they marched through downtown before stopping at the State of Illinois Center, where they chanted into bullhorns. Chicago police scrambled to keep up.

Protests around the country appeared to be largely peaceful, compared to the scenes unfolding in Ferguson. There, demonstrators set police vehicles ablaze and officers fired canisters into the crowds.

In Atlanta, birthplace of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the streets appeared largely quiet. But at Morehouse College, where about 200 students gathered to hear the grand jury’s decision, a collective gasp rippled through the crowd.

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Some of the students at the historically black men’s school looked at one another in disbelief, others started to tear up, and a few stared ahead as their jaws dropped.

Police sirens wailed in the distance as the students chanted: “Ferguson’s hell is America’s hell.”

Kevin Harvey, a senior dressed in a blue blazer, button-down shirt and penny loafers, walked away from the demonstration with his head down. He said he was angry and bewildered by a storyline that’s become all too familiar.

“I’m afraid to raise my son in this country,” he said. “When I do have a family, I’m afraid to raise him in this country and that’s a terrible thought. Because I know that he is not valued.”

When asked his reaction to the verdict, Harvey tried to sort through his emotions.

“Confusion, anger, and generally just being upset,” he said. “I’m scared and frustrated.”

Long before the grand jury decision was shared, announcing that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the nation held its collective breath.

As the sun set back East, people rose up — hours before the decision was announced after 9 p.m. EST.

More than 120 vigils and gatherings, both immediate and for Tuesday, were organized in cities large and small. From Toledo, Ohio, and Bangor, Maine, to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Detroit, details have been shared on the Ferguson National Response Network.

Read what Darren Wilson told the grand jury

CNN’s Miguel Marquez and Bill Kirkos contributed to this report.



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