On Wednesday, a group of around 100 religious leaders gathered at a community center in Clayton, Mo., for a half-mile march to the office of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough to deliver a statement. The group is seeking an expedited grand jury hearing and the arrest of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, along with the assignment of a special prosecutor to the case. On the way, the group echoed the phrase that has been a central part of the story in Ferguson, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”
Gathered in front of the prosecutor’s office, clergy and community leaders called for justice and transparency in the investigation of the shooting of Michael Brown by Wilson on Aug. 9. “We are deeply concerned that the people of St. Louis county have been systematically denied due process of the law because of race,” their statement read. The leaders called for people of all races to work together to end injustice, saying that they were gathered “to demonstrate that this is not just something that affects the African-American community.”
Following the march, the group returned to Ferguson to join other demonstrators . . .