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Denver group holds prayer vigil, rally in unity with Ferguson

August 20, 2014  |  Link to article

DENVER — A protest and rally took place in downtown Denver Wednesday evening that was prompted by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The group “Together Colorado” gathered to show unity with the families in Ferguson.

“We do not want to see children being killed,” says organizer Sharon Bridgeforth. “That was a day before he was supposed to leave for college. That should never have happened.”

The group joined a chorus of others that have marched and rallied in Denver demanding what they call the “demilitarization of law enforcement nationwide.”

Dozens assembled in the shadow of the Denver Detention Center, a place they call especially significant. There, they say, several people have been victimized.

Sharon Bridgeport was one of the organizers of Wednesday’s rally.

“Too many black people are dying because of violence,” Bridgeport said.

Along with pastors, attendees chanted, “hands up, don’t shoot!”

Last week, a different group organized the national moment of silence and Tuesday hundreds marched on the state’s capitol.

All protests have been peaceful though Denver police have been nearby to make sure everyone stays safe while crossing through intersections.

Bridgeforth says her group has opened a dialogue with Denver’s acting sheriff and the police chief about the brutality cases here.