A St. Louis County grand jury decided last night to bring no criminal charges against Darren Wilson—-the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August in Ferguson, Mo.—-prompting protests from outraged people throughout the country who see the killing as yet another example of racially motivated police brutality.
In Ferguson, protests turned violent. In D.C, things were more peaceful, as hundreds of people marched from the African-American Civil War Memorial on U Street NW to the White House, with more rallies scheduled for today.
Here’s a look at what’s happening today from Black Youth Project 100, an activist organization of young black people “dedicated to creating freedom and justice for all Black people.” The group has planned “28 Hours for Mike Brown”—-a reference to a 2012 study showing that a police officer, security guard, or vigilante kills a black person once every 28 hours.
8:28 a.m.: D.C. Police Headquarters, 300 Indiana Ave NW
12:28 p.m.: Office of Police Complaints, 14th and I streets NW
2:28 p.m.: D.C. City Council, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
5:28 p.m.: New mayor’s transition office, 441 4th Street NW
7 p.m.: #DCFergusonRally, Mount Vernon Square
Post-Rally: Surprise Action!
Wednesday, Nov. 26: Teach-in at NAACP, 1816 12th Street NW
Last night, D.C. protesters carried signs that said things like “BLACK LIVES MATTER” and “I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER.” They marched with their arms up and palms forward, chanting “No justice, no peace.” A larger group coalesced in front of the White House later in the night.
Here’s some social media documentation of the the rally:
Photo by Darrow Montgomery