More than 90 cities observe vigils
Vigils were held across the country Thursday for people who died at the hands of police. People in more than 90 cities observed the National Moment of Silence in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the death of a New York City man caused by a police officer's chokehold. In New York, about a thousand people marched peacefully in Manhattan's Union Square. In Nevada, about 40 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Reno. Rallies were also held at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, in Detroit and Los Angeles. In Orlando, about 15 miles outside the Sanford suburb where unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman in 2012, a multicultural crowd of about 100 people gathered in front of a park amphitheater. One woman carried a sign that read: "No Justice, No Peace. We Stand With Ferguson."
Dream Defenders protest in Miami
While protesters in Missouri, continued to vent their anger over the shooting death of an unarmed teenager, South Florida groups came out Thursday to lend their support, the Miami Herald reported. At the U. S. Attorney's Office in downtown Miami, a group of about 100 civil rights activists walked from the Wolfson campus of the Miami Dade College to the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building to link an ongoing protest over the stun gun death of a Miami tattoo artist to the shooting of Michael Brown. Eight members of the Dream Defenders were arrested when they refused to leave the building as ordered after the doors were locked. Federal authorities didn't say what the group was charged with.
Holder reassures Brown's parents
Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised Michael Brown's family a full, independent civil rights investigation of his death. Holder's promise came in a telephone call with the family. Holder spoke to the Brown family while they visited the U.S. Attorney's Office in Missouri, the Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement official. In his call to the Brown family, Holder expressed his personal condolences for the teenager's death and said that the Justice Department was investigating.
Twitter shuts down Anonymous' account
The hacker group Anonymous on Thursday released a name purported to be that of the officer who shot Brown, but the Ferguson police chief said later that the name was incorrect. Twitter quickly suspended the Anonymous account that posted the officer's purported identity and personal information. The site's code of conduct strictly forbids the publication of private and confidential information without permission.