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In Phoenix, A Show Of Solidarity With Ferguson
Dozens of vigils across the country took place Thursday evening in a National Moment of Silence, including one in Phoenix at Eastlake Park.
This comes in response to police action surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.
Before demonstrators observed a moment of silence at Eastlake Park, they chanted in solidarity, said a prayer, and shared personal stories of racial profiling or harassment they say they experienced from law enforcement.
Tia Oso of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration organized the event. She said that the focus wasn’t only on what happened in Ferguson.
“We have a big, ery, very serious issue here in Phoenix, Arizona, with police mistrust as well as in communities of color, just as in communities of color in Missouri," Oso said.
Oso also said she hopes people will see this as more than just a matter of race, but as a human rights issue.
“Criminalization and profiling robs people of their freedom. It robs people of their future. And as we saw what happened in Missouri, it robbed Mike Brown of his life," Oso said.
After violent clashes between demonstrators and the St. Louis County Police in Ferguson earlier this week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the highway patrol to take control of law enforcement in the city.