Activists in Boston staged a peaceful “die-in” during First Night, Boston’s popular New Year’s Eve celebration. Dozens of people participated in the brief protest in front of the Boston Public Library Wednesday evening while others held signs saying “black lives matter” and “a young black man is two times more likely to be shot dead by police than a white young man.”
Police reported no arrests or disruptions to nearby festivities.
In New York, where the police department is still mourning two officers shot to death in a patrol car, protesters marched late Wednesday night. They came as close to Times Square as possible, but did not interrupt the New Year’s celebration.