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Marches shut down roadways in cities across U.S.

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Posted at 11:33 PM, Nov 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 00:07:12-05

Twenty-four hours after riots caused destruction in Ferguson, Missouri, protesters took to streets across the nation.

In Ferguson, police were dispersing crowds after labeling the protests "unlawful assembly" because of increasing tensions. At around 10:30 p.m. Central Time, police again used tear gas to clear crowds from the area.

Police could be heard saying on a bullhorn, “You need to return to your vehicles … or you will be subject to arrest."

In New York City, marching protesters shut down the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel during rush hour Tuesday evening. As many as 3,000 people were marching up FDR Drive in NYC, police estimated.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, hundreds marched on Interstate 75, causing police to shut it down for a brief period of time. According to WCPO television station, 12 people were arrested in the Cincinnati protest.

“No justice, no peace. You can’t take us all!” the protesters there chanted.

There were several more protests in other U.S. cities. Some Dallas, Texas protesters sat down on Interstate 35, prompting the highway's closure and spurring police to make arrests.

Tuesdays protests were spurred by Monday's grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Wilson is white, and Brown is black and was unarmed when Wilson shot him during a struggle.

Earlier Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke in Chicago and again urged peaceful protesting. He also said he has tasked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with finding ways to rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement.

The case has spurred racial tension, which fueled unrest in Ferguson.