Protests over the brutal slaying of Tyre Nichols at the hands of police boiled over in NYC Friday night, but overall the demonstrations were peaceful across the country.
Check out this footage -- a man standing on the hood of an NYPD vehicle in Times Square packed with demonstrators marching against the 5 fired Memphis cops now charged with Tyre's recorded on-camera murder.
He stomps and punches the windshield, crushing the glass. Cops quickly swarm him, throwing him to the ground and cuffing him. Protesters gather around and film the arrest, repeatedly telling the officers ... "Easy, don't hurt him."
Memphis Police Department
NYPD heard the message loud and clear ... the officers led the man through the crowd, asking people to back away so they could get through.
In downtown Los Angeles, however, demonstrators tore down a barricade as police in riot-gear looked on. One protester also tossed a lit firework at a police vehicle, engulfing it in smoke. It's unclear if anyone was injured or arrested.