• About 100 gather at Lake Eola to protest police shooting of unarmed Missouri teen


    ORLANDO, Fla. - People in Orlando and across the nation gathered for a moment of silence for the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by police in Missouri.

    Michael Brown was shot Saturday and the incident has  sparked days of protests and riots.

    Demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb were calmer Thursday night as hundreds of people marched through the streets in Ferguson.

    The protests came just hours after the Highway Patrol took over supervising security.

    At one point in the evening, troopers were walking alongside demonstrators less than 24 hours after police in riot gear used tear gas and smoke bombs to combat protestors.

    A protest of about 100 people at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando was also peaceful.

    Protestors said what happened in Ferguson affects the entire country.

    “What happened to Mike Brown is now an isolated incident,” said one of the demonstrators.

    Witnesses said Brown had his hands in the air and was surrendering, but police said Brown fought with the officer before he was shot.

    Protestors waved signs and wrote the names of other victims of police brutality.

    They also raised their arms and had a moment of silence in memory of those lost.

    “You may raise your hands in solidarity with them,” said one of the demonstrators.

    Several speakers then shared their negative experiences with police.

    “The state trooper pulled me out of the car and he questioned me about drugs and whether I had drugs,” said one of the speakers.

    Many of the protestors argued that all law enforcement should wear body cameras.

    “If we got cameras on everybody, all the police, it probably wouldn’t have happened,” said one of the protestors.

    Thursday night’s protest at didn’t have a particular leader and many of the attendees said they just heard about it on social media.

    They said they want to plan more demonstrations in the coming days.  

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