Newark activists to march for teen killed by Ferguson, Mo. police officer

By Naomi Nix | The Star-Ledger
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on August 16, 2014

Member of the community and the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition raise their hands up in a moment of silence as they participate in a peaceful rally outside City Hall in support of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.

 

NEWARK — A group of Newark activists plan to march on Wednesday in honor of an unarmed teenager who was killed last week by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

The People's Organization For Progress is organizing the march to call for greater accountability in police departments around the country.

"With regard to the killing of Michael Brown, we demand a federal takeover of the Ferguson, Mo. police department," said chairman Lawrence Hamm said in a statement.

The march will begin at 5 p.m. near the Essex County Courthouse at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and West Market Street. Protesters plan to walk between the courthouse and the intersection of Market and Broad Streets, the statement said.

The Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nearly a week of volatile protests in the St. Louis suburb.

The situation escalated again Friday night, after Ferguson police released the name of the officer who shot Brown along with video they said showed the teen robbing a store shortly before he was killed. The officer was identified as 28-year-old Darren Wilson.

About 100 people gathered on the steps of City Hall in Newark on Thursday calling for more oversight of police in the city and nation.

The People's Organization For Progress said Wednesday's march will also call attention other people who have been killed by police officers, including the 2011 fatal shooing of Abdul Kamal in Irvington and the recent choking death of Eric Garner in New York City.

"Police brutality is a national problem and we want to see more aggressive action on the part of the federal government to deal with it," Hamm said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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