Protesters defy New York call for moratorium

People leave items at a memorial near Tompkins Ave and Myrtle Ave on December 21, 2014 in New York near the site where two New York City police officers were shot and killedA national coalition of activists Tuesday rejected calls to suspend anti-police protests in New York after two officers were murdered, and called for a mass demonstration on New Year’s Eve. America’s largest city has been left in shock by the killings of Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, shot in the head as they sat in their patrol car in broad daylight in Brooklyn on Saturday. Cities across the United States have seen weeks of protests over the killings and decisions not to prosecute white officers responsible for recent deaths in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. The group marched down 5th Avenue — one of New York’s busiest shopping districts two days before Christmas — carrying signs saying “jail killer cops,” witnesses said.

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