In the aftermath of a second high profile shooting death of a black teen by a white officer in area of St. Louis, Mo., demonstrators Saturday kicked off peaceful protests against police violence, according to Reuters.
A march through downtown St. Louis was slated to end with discussions about race and teach-ins about how to interact with police officers, according to organizing groups like Hands Up United, the news site writes.
Several civil rights organizations and protest groups invited people from around the nation to participate in weekend vigils and marches after the Wednesday shooting death of Vonderrit Myers Jr., who was killed in St. Louis by an off-duty white officer working for a private security firm; and the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in the St. Louis, Mo., suburb of Ferguson, which touched off weeks of fiery protests.
Demonstrations began Friday afternoon as hundreds marched peacefully in the rain to the St. Louis County courthouse in Clayton, next door to St. Louis. Ferguson protesters have demanded the arrest and prosecution of Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, who was unarme. Meanwhile, a grand jury is trying to determine whether Wilson should be charged.
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