Locals take part in nationwide moment of silence for Ferguson

Locals take part in nationwide moment of silence for Ferguson (Image 1)
Locals take part in nationwide moment of silence for Ferguson (Image 1)

A national moment of silence and vigil was held Thursday night following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Hundreds of Nashvillians gathered at the Federal Courthouse on Broadway just before 6 p.m.

The moment of silence began at 6:20 p.m., the same time others did so around the nation.

The movement comes in the wake of a clash between protestors and police forces in Ferguson after Brown’s death last Saturday.

Officials reported the 18-year-old was shot multiple times while in police custody.

An investigation into the incident was immediately launched by the FBI, citing possible civil rights violations.

According to the Associated Press, Ferguson is a town that is nearly 70 percent black patrolled by a nearly all-white police force.

Thousands of area residents hit the streets to protest Brown’s death. It began as a peaceful, non-violent situation where thousands were seeking justice, but quickly escalated as protesters began looting and damaging businesses with officers using tear gas and rubber bullets to gain control.

Thursday, however, the tone changed as the Missouri State Highway Patrol took over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb amidst criticism of the initial police response.

Many officers and troopers marched alongside the protestors to ease the tension and soften the situation. Some even stopped to hug or shake the hand of Captain Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol, who is now overseeing security.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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