Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rally planned for 4:30 p.m. at Hart Plaza in Detroit following Ferguson decision

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

click to enlarge National Moment of Silence vigil held for Michael Brown in Detroit's Hart Plaza on Aug. 18, 2014. - COURTESY OF JENNEATTE FLEURY
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  • National Moment of Silence vigil held for Michael Brown in Detroit's Hart Plaza on Aug. 18, 2014.

Last night, a small group of about 15 gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  

Members of the groups the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, and more planned to gather for a rally Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Large scale protests broke out in New York City, St. Louis, and Oakland following the release of the grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown this past August.

Following Brown's death, hundreds gathered in Hart Plaza for a vigil for the 18-year-old. Following a rather bizarre press conference, the St. Louis County prosecutor who handled the case, Robert McCulloch, released all of the records the grand jury reviewed, which showed a bevy of conflicting testimony

Prior to the release of the decision last night, the Rev. Charles Williams II, Michigan's regional director of the National Action Network who organized the downtown vigil, offered some words about the situation. 

"The feeling is we're not going to get justice," Williams said, adding, "Understand that, Michael Brown is here in Detroit. There's Michael Brown's across this country." 

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