Jefferson City hosts protesters against Michael Brown decision
JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly 100 people marched the streets of Jefferson City Sunday to protest the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Protestors from throughout mid-Missouri met outside the First Baptist Church. Members of a Jefferson City group known as Faith Voices organized the event and shared prayers, calling for healing and reconciliation while still seeking justice for Michael Brown's parents. Religious leaders, business owners and several generations of families walked from the church to the Capitol, ending in front of the governor's mansion. Marchers of all races held signs reading, "Ferguson is Everywhere" and "We Are All Michael Brown".
Nimrod Chapel Jr. serves as the NAACP President for Jefferson City. He said the signs reflected peoples' sense that racial tensions between law enforcement and civilians stretches beyond the city of Ferguson.
""The idea that racial profiling is allowed to exist when it's a clear constitutional violation...you can't stop people or arrest people on a basis that is as simple as skin color," Chapel Jr. said.
Darryle McGregor served in the Marine Corp. and lives in Jefferson City. He said the issue goes beyond race, and that the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case reflects a broken justice system.
"Everybody has rights and I fought for those rights. I wish people would just stand up for justice and not be for the accolades and the political stuff that comes with it," McGregor said.
Protestors in St. Louis left Ferguson Saturday, starting a week-long march to Jefferson City. Groups from around the state are expected to gather in Jefferson City next Saturday.