Moment Of Silence Held at Civil Rights Memorial for Mike Brown

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By Ashley Thompson

Rioting and violent exchanges between police and protestors continue in Ferguson, Missouri.
This after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a policeman over the weekend. And today, a vigil was held in Montgomery to remember 18-year-old Mike Brown.

Five days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed a by Ferguson, Missouri police officer, protestors are still clashing with law enforcement agents. Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy says it will take some time before the Ferguson Police Department builds trust with the community.

"People are fighting right now, I can understand," he says. "They want to make sure that this case is given equal justice and it's fair and I think maybe what the causal effects were, that maybe there was a lack of trust to begin with."

At the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, a moment of silence was held to remember Mike Brown. Ebony Howard with the Southern Poverty Law Center says she believes police using excessive force is a problem.

"Today is not only about honoring Michael but also about honoring so many children like him," she says. "So many young people who are just like him that we don't even hear about."

"There's 400 years of racial discrimination in this country but it's everybody's problem," says Montgomery resident Jennifer McCharen. "It doesn't matter in the end. It's not my problem because of my whiteness, it's my problem because I'm a human."

Swat cars, rubber bullets, tear gas and smoke bombs have been used in Ferguson to stop the civil unrest. Murphy says the Montgomery Police Department has similar resources. He tells us he believes law enforcement agents in Missouri should reach out to political figures, clergy members and community leaders to be as transparent about the situation as possible.

"I think the officials in Ferguson are probably doing the best they can with what they have but after this situation dies down, I think it's a unique opportunity for them to build some trust in their community."

 

 

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