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Thousands protest in Times Square over Michael Brown shooting

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Demonstrators rallied in New York City and other cities around the United States Thursday evening to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent police response to protests there.Rallies in that community turned tense and violent and heavily armed police officers clashed with protesters.

Meantime, activists on social media called for protests to form in cities around the country. Rallies or vigils took place in Washington, D.C.; Boston; Detroit; Reno, Nev.; St. Louis; Los Angels; and dozens of other communities Thursday night, according to reports.

Demonstrators Manhattan's Union Square chanted "NYPD, don't shoot!" and "I can't breathe" (a reference to the chokehold death of a Staten Island man). Many held signs and others simply held up their empty hands.

The protesters then marched up Broadway in the middle of the street, blocking some cars, and on sidewalks, heading for Times Square.

NYPD officers on foot and in vehicles followed closely.

Then when the marchers reached Times Square, a line of cops stopped their progress. For a few minutes, the marchers stopped but then a few tried to push their way through the line of officers and a scuffle ensured. It is not clear if police arrested anybody, but other demonstrators then staged a sit-in rather than attempt to challenge the police line.

Eventually, some protesters moved onto Father Duffy Square while hundreds of others dispersed.

Officials in Missouri released the name on Friday of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen on Saturday. 

Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department, has been on administrative leave since the shooting.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement after initially declining to the release the name, saying the officer had received numerous death threats. 

Jackson said Wilson, along with other officers, were called to the area after a 911 call reporting a "strong-arm robbery" at a nearby convenience store. He didn't immediately release details about the alleged robbery, saying more information would be released later.

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