Rallies honor people who died at hands of police

A woman ties a red ribbon around another demonstrator's wrist to signify unity during a moment of silence dedicated to Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala. on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb.
A woman ties a red ribbon around another demonstrator's wrist to signify unity during a moment of silence dedicated to Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala. on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

NEW YORK (AP) – Vigils have been held across the country for people who died at the hands of police.

People in more than 90 cities observed Thursday’s National Moment of Silence. The vigils come in the wake of the shooting death of an 18-year-old man by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, 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 scheduled for the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, near where Michael Brown was shot, and in Detroit and Los Angeles. People were asked to wear a red ribbon, cloth or bandanna in a show of solidarity.

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