Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM
Friday, Aug 15 at 12:47 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Thursday evening outside Louisville's Metro Hall, dozens gathered in solidarity with residents of Ferguson, Missouri where an unarmed teen was shot and killed by police, last Saturday.
"There was a national outrage I guess you could say. Why does this keep happening, what can we do about it and there was a national call to have this national moment of silence and Louisville decided to answer that call," organizer Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi said.
They held a moment of silence for Michael Brown---the unarmed teen shot by police in Ferguson. They also made posters with names of police brutality victims.
"This sign is from 12 years ago when Michael Newby was killed by the Louisville police," said Sonja Devries, a rally participant.
Devries was part of the protests after Michael Newby was shot and killed by an LMPD officer in 2004. That officer was charged with murder, but acquitted. Devries attended the rally Thursday to voice her concerns on police accountability.
"Everyone matters and as a white person it matters to me that this young black man was killed," she said.
Caroline Houchins came to the rally for her young son Calen.
"Because of my son being an African-American boy. I feel like him growing up in this society it's not safe for him. So at this point I am standing up for him for when he gets older," said Houchins. "It's awful, I don't want to see it happen and that's why we're all coming together to try to stop it, some way we can."