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Dozens Gather to Protest Police Brutality Following Ferguson Shooting

(WIBC.com photo: Alex Brown)

Dozens of people gathered Thursday night on Monument Circle for a vigil and a national moment of silence to protest against police brutality.

It was one of many across the nation as people protested following the events in Ferguson, Missouri where an 18-year-old was shot and killed by police last weekend.  Riots and arrests have sprung in the area since the shooting.

Jaleesa Jones, one of the local vigil organizers, says the issue in Ferguson is not an isolated event.  "This is happening to not only black boys but black women (and) all minorities across the axes of gender and race.  This is happening to us all over the country and we're standing in solidarity against police brutality."

Vivian Deno attended the vigil and said we as a society have to start asking ourselves some hard questions.  "(We need to start) looking for some really hard truths about what kind of country we have.  Is the judicial system for everyone?  Is everyone equally protected under the Constitution or are they not?  If they're not, what are we going to do about that?"

Jones says there needs to be retraining in racial bias and how to disable people without using excessive physical violence.

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