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Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks after Brown’s death

FERGUSON, Mo. – A few hundred people again gathered in Ferguson on Saturday afternoon to remember Michael Brown and draw attention to what they say is just the beginning of a movement.

The rally started at West Florissant Avenue where it meets Canfield Drive, the street on which the unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed Aug. 9 by white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case, and a federal investigation is also underway.

Rally attendees, including children, wore shirts bearing the now-ubiquitous slogan “Hands up, don’t shoot,” while others carried signs. Several people held a banner about 8 feet wide, and printed on it were the phrases “Justice for Mike Brown now,” “Arrest Darren Wilson” and “Stop racist police terror.”

Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, wore a white T-shirt with an image of her son and the words, “A bond never broken.” She led the crowd in a march, which turned down Canfield Drive.

St. Louis attorney Jerryl Christmas said the rally is meant to keep Brown’s death and the resulting turmoil and racial questions “in the forefront of America.”

“We’re just three weeks into this, and this is only the beginning of this movement,” Christmas told The Associated Press. “We want the president to come here. He remarked that he didn’t have a strategy for ISIS and Syria, but we need a strategy for urban America.

“The tragedy is this could have happened anywhere.”

There was a muted police presence Saturday in an area that for days after Brown’s death was the epicenter of nightly protests – some contentious and violent. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, whom Missouri’s governor put in charge of security in Ferguson, was posing for selfies with rally attendees Saturday.

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