Thousands gathered on Tuesday evening outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue to rally and march in solidarity for Mike Brown, his family, and supporters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Just one day after a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson for shooting the unarmed teenager, community members in Minneapolis decided to take action and organize a solidarity rally for Brown. The event at Lake and Minnehaha was just one of many protests and rallies across Minnesota.
We talked to Reies Romero, the President of the Augsburg College Save the Kids Chapter, about his experience at the rally last night. He called for national media to stop negative concentration on "so-called rioters and agitators" in Ferguson, while also criticizing local media about this month's #Pointergate scandal.
"Police need to be held accountable for their actions," says Romero. "There's a lot of rage that's happening, but now a lot of diplomatic situations need to happen here and around the country because police brutality needs to end."
This rally comes just weeks after a thousands-strong rally in favor of changing the Washington NFL team's name. See our video coverage of the protest at TCF Bank Stadium.
Unfortunately, the night was marked by more than just support for those in both Ferguson and the Twin Cities communities. During the event, a car pulled through an intersection and into a group of protestors on the street. One woman was dragged under the car for several feet as others attempted to get the driver to stop. Watch aerial footage of the incident from KSTP:
Protestors ultimately marched from the precinct down Lake Street, Highway 55, and gathered at Augsburg College.
Video production of #TCShutItDown: Minneapolis Rallies in Support of Mike Brown by Todd Wardrope for City Pages.
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