Supporters raise their hands during a rally at Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Washington, to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. Vigils were held across the country for people organizers say died at the hands of police brutality.
A vigil to honor victims of police brutality drew hundreds of people to D.C.’s Meridian Hill Park last night.
Organizers of the National Moment of Silence rally said they planned the gathering to honor the memory of Michael Brown, the unarmed Missouri teenager killed six days ago by local police. While tensions have flared for days in the town of Ferguson, last night's rally in D.C. was peaceful and focused on solidarity.
"We don’t want to stand for it anymore, and we’re here to mourn and to heal and to plan next steps," said Yemisi Miller, one of the organizers.
More than 90 vigils like the one in Meridian Hill Park took place all across the country. The rallies were meant to draw attention to the disproportionate levels of police violence against people of color. Many people at the D.C. event spoke out.
"Y’all out here [because] y’all don’t know what to do. But do something. You don’t gotta run the streets, you don’t gotta break into Walmart. You breakin' down doors, but they’re they wrong doors," said Justice Woods.
While U.S. Park Police were present at the rally, they stayed largely on the periphery. The vigil ended without incident.