INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 14, 2014) -- Close to 100 people gathered on Monument Circle in downtown Indy to fight for peace Thursday evening.
It comes in response to the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. It was a powerful 30-minute rally with the message of "hands up, don't shoot." That message echoed some witness accounts that Brown had his hands up, and was saying "don't shoot."
Nicole Johnson brought her 10-year-old nephew Jeremiah with her to the downtown rally.
"To show him that he needs to do something positive when things negative like this goes on," Johnson said.
There was also Ashley Holmes and her friend.
"If cops ever had a problem with me because I look a certain way, it's never going to be a matter of rubber bullets and tear gas, that would never happen to me," Holmes said. "And I owe it to the people, for whom that is their daily reality, to at least be here and say that i see it."
This event was organized by Jaleesa Jones.
"I've had friends who have been profiled unnecessarily, and the thing that kills me, that people try to justify this by saying his behavior was suspect or criminal or that he resisted when none, first off, none of that has been confirmed. And also, it doesn't justify the killing of a youth," Jones said.
The entire rally lasted about a half hour, and ended with a demonstration of the message of this rally: "Hands up, don't shoot."
This was part of a number of rallies held across the country over the last four days.