NEW YORK (WPIX) – Police arrested multiple people at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday after a group of protesters broke from their designated route and clashed with officers.
The NYPD told WPIX that seven people were arrested after they overturned a trash can and tried to run toward the floats.
Roughly 50 protesters gathered Thursday morning and were allowed by police to walk from 5th Avenue and 42nd Street down to 37th street. Once they reached 37th street they were directed west along 37th Street, but instead turned around and tried to run east, back toward the Macy’s route.
Officers handcuffed seven people and loaded them onto a police bus.
Some remained near 6th Avenue and 37th protesting peacefully.
The group organized the gathering using the hashtag #stoptheparade on Twitter.
They held signs decrying the Darren Wilson jury decision and the recent deaths of Akai Gurley, Eric Garner and Tamil Brown, all of whom were killed by police officers.