More than 50 activists gathered outside the
“We’d like to see real leadership from the Department of Justice,” said Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, lead organizer of the protest and founder of the No Fear Coalition, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination. “We don’t think that just a visit to Ferguson is adequate. It doesn’t meet the standard of what the people in that city deserve.”
Several legal experts and community organizers spoke at the rally, calling for greater accountability.
Organizers said the rally was designed to keep public pressure strong as news coverage of Ferguson declines and protesters return home.
Coleman-Adebayo describes Brown's death as the "tipping point" for broader frustration with police brutality and militarization. As an African-American, she said, the issue is also personal.
"I'm the mother of a 28-year-old young man who has been stopped by the police over 30 times," she said. "This is not class-based. This is race-based.