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Rallies in Michigan follow death of Missouri teen

Rallies in Michigan cities honor unarmed Missouri teen, others who died at hands of police
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 15, 2014 at 5:54 a.m.

DETROIT (AP) — People attended protest vigils across Michigan for an unarmed black Missouri teenager fatally shot by a white police officer and other victims who organizers say died as a result of police brutality.

They gathered Thursday in cities including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Jackson. The vigils, observed as part of a National Moment of Silence, came days after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the death of a New York man caused by a police officer’s chokehold.

The Detroit News reports 16-year-old Ayanna King of Detroit was among hundreds at Detroit’s Hart Plaza. She held a sign with a message: “We all bleed red but whose blood is on the streets!?”

The Detroit Free Press reports some chanted: “Hands up, don’t shoot. We Stand for Ferguson.”

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