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.”