As Ferguson calms, vigils around the country show support for Michael Brown

Thousands poured into parks and squares around the nation Thursday night to mourn the loss of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., who was killed by a police officer Saturday, just days before he was set to begin college.

The gatherings, which consisted of some 90 vigils, were part of one large effort, organized through social media, to hold a national moment of silence for victims of police brutality. More details have emerged, not just from Ferguson, but in other, less publicized instances such as those of Ezell Ford, Denzel Curnell and Jeremy Lake.

Ford was the mentally ill, unarmed black man killed by the Los Angeles Police Department two days after Brown’s death. Curnell, 19, was a Charleston, S.C., teen who was shot in the head and killed by a still-unnamed Charleston police officer Friday night. Lake, 19, was allegedly shot by his girlfriend’s father as her mother stood watch. The parents of Lisa Kepler, 18, turned themselves in to the Tulsa Police Department after their daughter called the police on them. Both are 24-year veterans of the Tulsa police force.

Below is a sampling of the demonstrations that occurred across the country.

New York City


Protesters sit along a street in New York’s Times Square during a peaceful demonstration as communities react to the shooting of Michael Brown. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

People put their hands in the air during a rally in Union Square for slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown and other victims of police brutality. (Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency)

Women light candles in Brooklyn while attending a vigil to honor Michael Brown. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

People in Brooklyn put their hands up as a symbol to honor Michael Brown. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

DJ Hardy holds his hands up during a peaceful demonstration, as communities react to the shooting of Michael Brown in New York’s Union Square Park on Thursday. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Washington, D.C.


Hundreds of people gather at Meridian Hill Park for a peaceful vigil.
(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

People gathered at the park hold signs to express their thoughts on the police shooting in Ferguson.
(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar rallies at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Erika Totten sheds tears as hundreds of people gather in Meridian Hill Park.
(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Miami


Protesters raise their arms and shout “hands up, dont shoot” outside the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building, where the U.S. Attorneys Office, Southern District of Florida, is located in Miami. The protesters, which included members of the civil rights group Dream Defenders, say they want justice for Mike Brown. They said they also want justice for 17-year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez, who died from shock from a Miami Beach police officer’s stun gun last summer. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Protesters leave the lobby of the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building in Miami. Eight who refused to leave were arrested. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

San Francisco


Serene Lewis, right, holds a candle during a moment of silence at a vigil in San Francisco on Thursday for the death of Michael Brown. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

Decatur, Ga.


Hadiza Sa-Aadu of Atlanta listens to speakers who gathered Thursday in Decatur, Ga. The demonstration of more than 200 people was held in response to the shooting death of Michael Brown and following unrest in Ferguson, Mo. ( Ron Harris/Associated Press)

Detroit


A large crowd listens during a vigil in downtown Detroit on Thursday. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

Los Angeles


Residents of South Los Angeles pause for a moment of silence in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles. (Bob Riha Jr./Reuters)

A protester holds a sign that reads “Black Lives Matter” as she joins hundreds of demonstrators who gathered in Leimert Park in South Central Los Angeles to mourn the death of Michael Brown. (Michael Nelson/European Pressphoto Agency)

Oakland


A demonstrator holds her hands up during a moment of silence on Thursday in Oakland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A demonstrator holds a sign during a moment of silence for slain teenager Michael Brown. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Seattle


Zenobia Taylor, 17, in Seattle. People in more than 90 cities observed Thursday’s national moment of silence. (Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via Associated Press)
Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.
Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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