Locals Protest at Intersection of Poplar and Highland

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A protester near the intersection of Poplar and Highland. - LOUIS GOGGANS
  • Louis Goggans
  • A protester near the intersection of Poplar and Highland.

A day after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed teen Michael Brown, a large group of protesters gathered at the busy intersection of Poplar and Highland.

Wielding signs emblazoned with words like “Film the Police,” “Protect Us, Don't Kill Us,” and “No Justice,” the group began gathering around 5 p.m. The amount of protesters quickly increased from a couple dozen to more than 50 by 5:30 p.m.

Protesters chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and “Stand up, stand down, we’re doing this for Mike Brown!” as a handful of Memphis police officers looked on.

Several people spoke to the large crowd, motivating them to fight against police brutality and racial injustice. And numerous cars that passed by honked their horns in support of the protest. 

The event was orchestrated by the Mid-South Youth Collective, Enough is Enough Memphis, and the Brotherhood & Sisterhood.

View some images from the protest below. 
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