Moment of silence planned for victims of police brutality

#NMOS14 vigils happening across the country

People across the U.S. are expected to gather in peaceful protest of what they are calling police brutality.

The groups are gathering for vigils and having a national moment of silence beginning at 7 p.m. ET tonight, and the moment of silence is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

It all started with a Twitter hashtag, #NMOS14, by New York-based community activist and blogger Feminista Jones

 

 

The moment of silence comes after protests, arrests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri in response to an incident in which a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Mike Brown Saturday in the St. Louis suburb. 

"The goal's to unite in solidarity, to mourn the loss of life to police brutality and show the government and world we will not stand for it anymore," Jones said in an email to Scripps reporters Thursday.

 

 

According to the group’s Facebook page, people will be gathering at more than 50 locations across the U.S.

Click here or look at the map below to see the locations of the march’s scheduled.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a rally at a fountain in just outside Kansas City, Missouri. 

Kansas City Mayor Sly James issued a video statement Thursday morning, asking for people to "keep it cool," and "doing things in the right manner."

Jones is an editor for BlogHer, a women’s lifestyle website which reaches 100 million women each month via bloggers and social media leaders, according to it’s website.

More from the organizers Facebook page:

“Police Brutality in the United States continues to be a pervasive problem that affects communities across the country. In recent years, we have had news of too many people losing their lives as a result of police brutality. We have also heard too many stories of people being sexually and otherwise physically assaulted by police.

We are gathering together to observe a National Moment of Silence to pay respect to the lives lost and/or forever changed by the brutality of the police state.”

Lynn Walsh is a data content producer and investigative reporter on the Scripps National Desk. She may be followed on Twitter through the handle @LWalsh.

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