INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Tuesday night, hundreds of protesters rallied on Monument Circle downtown in response to the shooting death of Michael Brown and the ongoing violence in Ferguson.
The rally got loud at times as protesters walked from the Monument Circle, to the Indiana State Capitol and back.
The protest was loud and direct, though peaceful. Many said they wanted to show their support for the family of Michael Brown and call for peace. Their voices rang out through downtown.
It started as a small group then quickly grew. Larry Smith brought his wife and two children.
"It's important to stand with the Brown family in solidarity for Ferguson and to stand up for justice and peace," he said.
One by one, folks got candles. Flames pierced the darkness. Protesters held a moment of silence for Michael Brown.
"Lives matter and what happened to Michael Brown seems so wrong," said Lamont Hulse.
There wasn't only one race represented on Tuesday night. The large group was diverse and dedicated, they said, to rooting out injustice and pushing for change.
"We absolutely want our police officers to wear body cameras," said one protestor.
After an hour on Monument Circle, the group took off, marching slowly, calling loudly and bound for the Indiana State Capitol.
Both IMPD and Indiana State Police held traffic at bay as protesters walked.
Once the group got to the capitol, cries pierced the air.
"What do we want, justice, when do we want it, now," the group yelled out.
Organizers, a group going by the name Indy 10, called the event a success - a peaceful walk, yelling out a powerful message.
"We're just hoping for justice and equality for the people, not just black people but for everybody," said Kyra Harvey, one of the organizers, "We're just trying to see a difference."
IMPD told FOX59 they did not have any issues reported from the protest on Tuesday night.
IndyStar metro columnist Erika D. Smith called the violence in Ferguson on Monday night unacceptable, but she also said it’s understandable.
Smith said the Ferguson case represents many other cases with racial undertones that my never get noticed. She said the scene playing out there is not the way to heal and find justice. Smith said Indianapolis can learn from it.
“I look at Ferguson and what Indy can learn, it is a worst-case scenario. I mean it’s not out of the question, that we could have some type of riots here. I think we have a lot of stop-gaps. We have African-Americans in leadership. I think we have organizations in town that work really hard at police-community relations,” she said.
On Thursday, December 4, our partners at the IndyStar along with FOX59 will host a public conversation called “Building A Safer City.” We’ll be talking about racial profiling and establishing trust with police.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite will be there along with victims of racial profiling. The forum starts at 7 p.m at the IndyStar downtown at 130 South Meridian Street.