(AA) — Hundreds of protesters have rallied in New York against recent killings across the country involving police.
A group of more than 350 demonstrators gathered in Manhattan’s Union Square on Tuesday, some of them carrying placards reading anti-police brutality slogans including “Stop Murder by Police” and “No Justice, No Peace”.
The protest – one of 28 held across the country – came a week after a white police officer was charged with the murder of a 50-year-old black man in South Carolina.
Chants of “Black lives matter” rang out as the protesters marched south on Broadway.
The slogan became a rallying cry for protesters following a series of high-profile police-involved killings of unarmed blacks in Missouri, New York and Ohio.
The killings have stirred racial tensions, setting off nationwide protests over alleged injustices within the U.S. justice system.
One of the protesters was seen carrying a large banner with photos of victims of police brutality including Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley.
A total of 22 protesters were arrested while marching across Brooklyn Bridge, CBS New York reported.