Protests Prompt Increased Security Ahead of New Year’s Eve Parties

Source: Meghan Keneally / ABC News

Protests against police brutality are planned across the country on New Year’s eve with police in Los Angeles, St. Louis and New York preparing for demonstrations.

Activist groups in New York City are planning to march at 9 p.m. ET from Union Square up to the city’s formal New Year’s celebration in Times Square and hope to get as close as possible before reaching police barricades.

Other protesters are being advised to take signs into Times Square early and pull them out when the ball drops at midnight, as well as chanting “We Can’t Breathe!” and “Black Lives Matter!” at the top of every hour.

The protests are a continuation of the outcry against police brutality that came after the grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

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