Several thousand protesters gathered for a silent march down Fifth Avenue yesterday to protest the prolific, racially biased stop-and-frisk tactics used by the NYPD. Though the march was largely peaceful, a scuffle reportedly ensued at the march's close when police demanded that the protesters disperse, and nine protesters were arrested. The Times calls it "mild disarray," while others in attendance reported "fierce" tensions with law enforcement and saw officers use force against protesters.

One of the arrested was Christina Gonzalez, the activist who was jailed for ten days last month for calling a judge a "white, racist pig."

The march featured many local public officials (and presumed mayoral candidates) like City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer. The fathers of shooting victims Ramarley Graham and Trayvon Martin attended, along with the head of the NAACP Ben Jealous and Al Sharpton and his National Action Network colleagues.

Protesters ended the silent march near Mayor Bloomberg's residence on 79th Street, who for the second week in a row spoke to a Brooklyn congregation about crime and stop and frisk, acknowledging that being treated disrespectfully by the police is "not acceptable," but ultimately repeating his message that the practice should be "amended, not ended."