New Orleans Vigil Highlights Ferguson Police Shooting

Aug 15, 2014

Protestors in Lafayette Square on Wednesday.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

About 100 people demonstrated in New Orleans on Thursday as part of a national movement centering on the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot to death by police.

Some gathered in New Orleans at Lafayette Square with candles and ribbons on their wrists. Participants observed a moment of silence before organizer Chanelle Batiste read a list of other victims’ names. She says the event is about increasing awareness.

“It’s important because it affects every single one of us, and I said I cannot be silent because it could be my brother next, it could be my cousin next.”

Batiste says she hopes similar demonstrations will continue.