Protesters rally for Ferguson in front of White House

Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country for what was called "a Day of Rage" Thursday.

With the backdrop of The White House and flanked by police officers, dozens of protesters in D.C. pledged their support for the people of Ferguson, MO, after Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer responding to robbery.

Protesters sought "justice in Ferguson" but not everyone seems to agree on how that justice would be best served.

"We are angry and we are fed up. We are tired of these police officers killing innocent people," yelled one protester at D.C.'s Day of Rage rally.

Their messages written on signs and echoed in verse.

"No justice! No peace! No justice! No peace! No racist police!" chanted some.

"Hands up, don't shoot!" chanted others.

Protester Cheryl Hayes said she is fed up.

"With the government, the police, the state of America," yelled a passionate Hayes.

She said she doesn't have to look to Ferguson to be fed up.

"I was born and raised in D.C. and I'm disgusted with so many things in this city. The mayor, the police chief, every time you turn around someone is being convicted of something on the city council," she argued.

Matt Dunn, a St. Louis native who lives in the District, said this he has also had enough.

"The militarization of police definately it's a huge thing. Ever since 9/11, terrorism - the fear that any time things could strike," said Dunn.

What happened in Ferguson "hits close to home," said the St. Louis native.

As Dunn and his fellow protesters defined justice as an indictment on Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, some on Twitter are not as quick to accuse.

@theregomariah_ tweeted:

"y'all mike brown robbed that convenience store. Although he was shot for all the wrong reasons, he's not as innocent as he's made out to be"

‏@thebrandonmorse tweeted:

"I guess we're all about fairness and due process when it came to brown, but not for the innocent shop owners. #Ferguson"

@lynevans tweeted:

"#ferguson said "justice for #brown", but if facts prove otherwise, they still want justice for the thug, not the innocent cop"

@nbatheist tweeted:

"anyone who is condemned brown or wilson at this point, is in the wrong. This is america: like it or not, we innocent until proven guilty"

Prior to Thursday's protests, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo, warning about the possibility of unrest coming out of these rallies - possible attacks on police officers, equipment or buildings.

Those at the D.C. rally said they were angry, but wanted it to be a peaceful event.

"We need to get together, all of us: men, women, young, old, black, white, red, green, put all the bulls--t to the side, and come together," said Hayes.


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