Friday, August 22, 2014

Boise Rally Supports Justice for Michael Brown, Ferguson, Mo.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Activists in Boise will gather Friday afternoon in what they're calling a "rally for peace and solidarity" for the people of Ferguson, Mo.

The St. Louis, Mo., suburb has been the center of the media universe for nearly two weeks as the streets have overflowed with angry protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

Some amount of calm returned to Ferguson early Friday with National Guard troops withdrawing from the front lines after two weeks of teargas, multiple arrests and unbridled anger over the slaying of the young African-American.

"There's a clear undertone of racial injustice," said ACLU of Idaho Interim Executive Director Leo Morales.

Morales will join representatives of Common Ground, a former resident of Ferguson, Mo., and other community members for the 3 p.m. rally at Boise's Julia Davis Park. 

"We're also particularly concerned about the over-militarization of our police forces," Morales told Boise Weekly.

A preliminary autopsy found that Brown had been shot six times, including twice in the head.

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