Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nashvillians march to protest shooting of Mo. teen

"Hands up! Don't shoot!"

The chant has caught fire after Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, was shot six times and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., two weeks ago.

And on Saturday, it echoed outside the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway as 150 Nashvillians, many of them college students, withstood sweltering heat to protest an incident that has exposed distrust of law enforcement for many.

Marchers meandered the streets of Nashville's tourist-heavy downtown, beginning at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill on Rosa L. Parks Boulevard and eventually making it to the Metro Courthouse and the nearby Criminal Justice Center, home to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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