Protesters demonstrate in several Alabama cities
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Protesters rallied peacefully in several Alabama cities in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
In Birmingham, more than 60 people on Tuesday gathered at a downtown park to speak out against the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict the white officer, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot the black, unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.
Participants in the Birmingham rally sang several protest songs, including “We Shall Overcome,” Al.com reported. They also called for peaceful protests.
“Do not touch property. Do not touch people. But let your voice be heard,” said Harry “Traveling Shoes” Turner.
In Mobile, a Tuesday evening rally began with prayer. People then marched to the federal courthouse.
“If the police officers in Ferguson had body cameras, there would be no rallies going across the United States today,” Mobile City Councilman C.J. Small told the crowd.
The Mobile Police Department is assessing body cameras from three vendors to see which will suit their needs, Police Chief James Barber told reporters.
In Huntsville, dozens of protesters marched on sidewalks downtown Tuesday evening, WHNT-TV reported. Police monitored the protest from the street, but no arrests were reported.