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Ferguson protesters march on Pittsburgh streets

More than 150 demonstrators — chanting “Don’t shoot! Hands up!” — marched through the streets of Oakland on Tuesday night, demanding justice for those they call victims of police brutality.

The protest — with a crowd estimated by police as “a couple hundred” — began about 7 p.m. and took to the streets about 90 minutes later at Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard.

The officers accompanied the marchers, but there were no reports of any confrontations or arrests.

The demonstrators marched around Forbes and Fifth avenues for more than 30 minutes, forcing police to block or divert traffic. One officer told dispatchers the march appeared to be “part of a coordinated effort to shut down roads across the country.”

It was the second demonstration of the day in Pittsburgh.

About 200 people rallied outside the federal building, Downtown, to demand the prosecution of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Mike Brown and the prosecution of the Pittsburgh police officers involved in the shooting that left Leon Ford paralyzed.

“We are mourning. We are angry, and we are sad,” said Julia Johnson, one of the rally organizers. About a dozen people spoke at the rally with some sharing their personal reactions to a Missouri grand jury refusing to indict Wilson and some urging people to do more than just talk.

Rep. Ed Gainey, D-East Liberty, urged people to get organized and register to vote so that they can end racial profiling. “Power is never given, it is only taken,” he said.


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