Demonstrators gather for peaceful protest on Monument Circle

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The fallout from the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown is not limited to Missouri. A National Moment of Silence Thursday was also observed right here in Indiana.

More than a hundred people gathered at Monument Circle for what they called a peaceful protest. Thursday's protest used words and signs to express outrage over Brown's death.



"This is not just about Michael. It's about all the minorities that we've lost to police brutality," said Jaleesa Jones, one of the organizers of the protest.

Protestors spoke out against the images they've been watching on their televisions and social media this week, like those of police using tear gas and smoke bombs amidst hundreds of demonstrators.

"It makes me angry. You're watching and police are violating rights. The First Amendment doesn't exist in Ferguson right now. It doesn't seem like America," said Philip Stephenson from Logansport.

Some, though, said it was an America they know all too well.

"I think people who are shocked by Ferguson are not realizing this is not an isolated event. This is something that happens in cities across the country and it's reflective of a systemic issue," said Jones.

"I'm not here to support a race thing. I'm here because what happened was wrong," added Jordan Pittman.

"We still need to stick up for those that are getting profiled," said Stephenson.

"I think we're all standing here because we're all in solidarity with the fact that police need retraining in racial bias. They need retraining in accountability. They need retraining in how to disable and not use excessive force which ends up in the killing of these boys," Jones continued.

Some of the force police have used in the days since Brown's killing has been against people looting local businesses in Ferguson.

"As far as people looting, I don't agree with that. I don't think it's a good idea, because those store owners, they're not the reason why you're mad," said Pittman.

"These are people that don't feel valued in their community. These are people who don't feel protected in their community and they're reacting," explained Jones.

The reaction, four hours away from Ferguson in the Circle City, though, is the same, it's just being expressed in a different way through signs, words and even moments of silence.

Thursday's protest may be the start of more to come. At the protest, flyers were being handed out calling for a silent march to be held next Saturday on the east side as a symbolic gesture of silencing the violence.

Participants are being asked to march in absolute silence.