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Bratton Splattered With Fake Blood During Ferguson Demonstration in Times Square

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Protesters hit the streets in the city Monday evening to express their outrage over a grand jury's decision not to prosecute the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Missouri teenager.

Police Commissioner William Bratton was splattered with fake blood as he made his way through a demonstration in Times Square.

Bratton called the man who threw the paint a "professional agitator."

He remains in custody, and police say he's well-known throughout the New York City Police Department for participating in protests like these.

"Out of the crowd came the individual who has been arrested for assault, I think he's been charged with nine counts of assault because nine different officers, myself included, who were basically hit with the material he had in the, I believe it was jar that he was carrying," Bratton said. "Our understanding is that it's some type of imitation blood that, similar to what might be used in a play or a movie. And I believe he's being arraigned today."

Protesters made their way over the Brooklyn Bridge holding up signs and chanting.

Another group marched over the RFK Triborough Bridge.

Al Sharpton and the family of Michael Brown held a rally in St. Louis, Missouri Tuesday.

Crowds took to the streets after the panel's decision was announced Thursday night.

They were met by a heavy show of force by police, who used tear gas and smoke bombs in an effort to disperse the protesters.

Sharpton said he's appalled by the prosecutor who announced grand jury's decision.

"I've never seen a prosecutor call a press conference to discredit the victim, where he went out of his way to go point by point in discrediting Michael Brown Jr., who could not defend himself," Sharpton said.

The family attorney, Benjamin Crump, said he'll propose a change in the way police work.

"We will propose for a Michael Brown law, that is, to propose that every police officer in every American city has a video body camera so it would be transparent, and we won't have to play this game of witness' memories and secret grand jury proceedings. It would just be transparent and we could see it for ourselves," Crump said.

The grand jury said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Brown.

The St. Louis County prosecutor said the panel of nine whites and three blacks heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses.

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