Hundreds March In Denver To Show Support For Ferguson Community
DENVER (CBS4) – For the second time since an unarmed teenager was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., a rally for peace was held in Denver.
“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is the chant that was yelled over and over during Tuesday night’s rally, and it’s a cry that’s being heard all over the country.
More than 300 men, women and children marched from Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood to the steps of the Capitol building. They are calling for an end to police brutality.
Michael Brown, 18, was killed by a police officer 10 days ago in the town located near St. Louis.
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Many in Denver said they fear a similar situation could happen closer to home.
“That could have been me. That could have been my brother, my sister, my family — anybody. And I think people fail to realize that that if we don’t do something now this is always going to continue,” rally attendee Alyssa Taylor said.
Tuesday night’s rally in Denver was loud, but peaceful.
“What’s clear is that we have people here who maybe haven’t been moved to act before who feel like there’s something seriously going wrong,” organizer Kenny Wiley said.
Megan Maxwell was one such Denverite. She told CBS4 she felt motivated to join the rally by social media activity.
“I’ve been sitting around tweeting things about Ferguson all week long and I decided that maybe I should do something,” she said.
Denver police were present at the rally to control traffic and to make sure every protestor could reach the Capitol safely.