Slideshow: Los Angeles protesters join National Moment of Silence

Los Angeles Protesters Share Bonds of Anger and Frustration with Ferguson, Missouri as Hundreds Join in NMOS Vigil

The fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson – and a militarized police response to local protests – prompted nationwide vigils in dozens of cities across the United States on Thursday.

The National Moment of Silence (NMOS) vigils were organized quickly online and drew sizable crowds in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Detroit.

The hundreds of protesters who gathered at Leimert Plaza Park in South Los Angeles also memorialized Ezell Ford. The 26-year-old was killed after a violent confrontation with Los Angeles police officers on August 11, 2014; two days after the death of Michael Brown. Ford was also unarmed.

This week’s shootings once again call into question who communities can hold police accountable for fatal shootings of unarmed civilians. The response to protests in Ferguson – a suburb of St. Louis – have also prompted discussions about the militarization of domestic police forces.

All photos copyrighted by Lena Nozizwe.

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