Protesters in D.C. hold moment of silence for Michael Brown

Outrage sparked nationwide after Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darrel Wilson shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   Aug. 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- People across the U.S. came together Thursday to peacefully protest the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.

In Washington D.C., a large group of protesters gathered in Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, to protest racial profiling and targeted aggression by police. They held up signs as they stood in a moment of silence for Brown.

Similar demonstrations took place in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and Austin.

The vigils were organized by Twitter user @feministajones, whose real name is Michelle, under the hashtag #NMOS14 in an effort to "remember the forgotten, ignored, killed, and abused."

"I wanted to have a moment of peace and self reflection for those who have the same feelings, a massive group therapy moment we can use moving forward to figure out the next steps to improve relations on a community level and stop these acts," Michelle, who refrained from giving her last name, told USA Today.

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