Denver joins National Moment of Silence for victims of police brutality

Vigil spurred by police killing of Michael Brown

DENVER - A couple hundred people gathered at Civic Center Park Thursday for a nationwide vigil to honor victims of police brutality, especially Michael Brown, the unarmed Missouri teen who was shot and killed by a police officer last weekend.

"This isn't about black, it's not about white, it's not about Mexican, this is about police brutality against us," said one man holding a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" sign.

The National Moment of Silence movement, which sprang from social media, fanned out across 37 states. More than 90 vigils were held across the nation to share in a moment of silence and solidarity with each other.  

"When we're talking about that young life, we're not just talking about Missouri, we're talking about Denver, Colorado as well," said community activist, Brother Jeff Fard.

Organizers led people in prayer and encouraged the community to come together. At about 5:20 p.m., they joined the nation for a moment of silence and then asked people to say the names of those killed in police brutality.
"I believe in justice, I believe that we as blacks, as African Americans, that we have just as much right to be here in the United States as others. I feel like in many places, even here in Denver, that we're not treated with the same respect and we deserve -- the same respect as everyone else," said Hillary Potter.


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