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Thousands of people took to the streets in major cities across the country Monday night in support of demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo. The protests began after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in August.

In Washington, protesters gathered on U Street and marched toward the White House. About 300 demonstrators, many of whom were college students, arrived in front of the White House, chanting "Black lives matter."

+ Protestors gather outside the White House. Nov. 24, 2014. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In downtown Oakland, Calif., the scene was tenser. About 1,000 protesters marched downtown, eventually blocking a major highway. Police made several arrests as some protesters vandalized storefronts and vehicles.

In New York City, about 1,000 demonstrators convened at Union Square Park. From there, they began to shout and move into streets, blocking traffic as they marched toward Times Square. At one point during the protests, the city's police commissioner was splashed with fake blood.

+ Protesters react to the St. Louis grand jury decision, Nov. 25, 2014, in New York City. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Philadelphia, Chicago, and Seattle also saw large gatherings of protesters over the course of the evening. In Philadelphia, hundreds of people marched, shouting slogans and carrying signs, while a few hundred demonstrators made their way down the Chicago lakeshore and into its downtown area. And in Seattle, a downtown sit-in turned into a 200-300 person march, which was largely peaceful. Police on bicycles lined the streets as protesters chanted "No justice, no peace." 

+ Protesters react to the St. Louis grand jury decision, Nov. 24, 2014, in Chicago. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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