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Protestors Gather in Charlottesville for Ferguson Solidarity March

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Protesters in Charlottesville showed solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri Saturday night, chanting the motto of protesters in that community where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed teen: “Hands up, don't shoot.”

The demonstrators marched through the downtown mall Saturday night. They call the death of Missouri teen Michael Brown an example of police brutality that can happen anywhere. Protesters say their goal is to make sure people know the extent of police violence in our country, and to show support for their fellow protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

The march began at the federal courthouse, where organizers made sure the crowd knew their rights before marching.

“Contrary to what we're being led to believe, we cannot trust the police,” one organizer said. “The police will lie to you about where you can and can't be, they'll lie to you about what your rights are, and that's why we've taken responsibility to educate ourselves about what our rights are.”

Another organizer shared statistics showing the extent of the problem. "Every 28 hours, a black man or woman is killed or shot by a police officer or a person acting as a vigilante, so we're going to stand in solidarity today with the people in Ferguson,” she said.

One man shared his own experience about being arrested while in college, saying the criminal justice system holds many students back.

"The zero tolerance policies are often the first step in a child's journey through the pipeline. Such policies impose severe discipline on students. The American Bar Association has been critical of these policies, calling them a ‘one-size-fits-all solution,'" he said.

Protesters ended their march outside the city's Police Department. The night's events ended with an open mic night in Washington Park.

In response to the riots in Ferguson, President Barack Obama has called for a review of police use of military equipment.

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