New reports say that a group of protesters is planning to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after some were able to shut down some major roads in New York following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
According to the NY Post, an organizer of the group, known as Magiq, says they plan to disrupt the parade and feel they won’t have any problems doing it because the police allowed them to take over the city in recent days following the Ferguson decision.
“The police aren’t going to arrest us and they are not going to shoot us,” Magiq reportedly said to a group of supporters Wednesday night, according to the NY Post. “They’re walking right by us now with their heads down and their tails between their legs.”
The group reportedly got the hashtag #StopTheParade to trend on Twitter in an effort to fuel their planned demonstrations, but even though they don’t think the police will do anything to stop them, a law enforcement source told the NY Post a different story.
“Yes, they’re planning on crashing the parade,” said the source. “With this hands-off approach, it gives them free rein to do anything they want. It’s a free pass to act like a fool. They’re not going to be able to do at the parade what they did at the Brooklyn Bridge. What are they going to do, trample kids to stop a float?”
Those involved in the plan to stop the parade believe that their planned actions are justified in the wake of the Ferguson decision.
“Stopping the parade would make such a huge statement,” tweeted a user named LunaKoshka. “We can see snoopy next year. But Mike Browns[sic] mother will never see her child again.”
Demonstrators say they feel “rejuvenated” following the two days of protests in the streets of New York City and are hoping to make an impact by disrupting the parade.