Indianapolis to join national moment of silence for Michael Brown

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A national moment of silence will be held Thursday evening in response to the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Missouri teen shot by a police officer last Saturday.

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The Indianapolis event starts at 7:00 pm on Monument Circle, with the moment of silence scheduled for 7:20 pm. Participants are being asked to wear a red ribbon or sash on their right arm to identify themselves as being associated with the vigil.

Cities across the country will hold a moment of silence at the same time, and a Facebook page has been created to promote the event, which is called a "national moment of silence for victims of police brutality." On Twitter, the #NMOS14 hashtag is being used to get the word out.

The case has sparked national controversy over allegations of police brutality, and has led to four straight nights of violence in the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting occurred.

Police fired tear gas and smoke bombs at hundreds of angry demonstrators who had gathered to protest the shooting in Ferguson overnight.

"When this tragedy of shooting this kid, multiple times in broad daylight it just sprung so much emotion," said Ben Crump, attorney for the Brown family.

The St. Louis County police chief says the marchers have attacked officers.

"The officers from area departments have been the subject of assaults with rocks, bottles and even gunfire directed at them," said Chief Ron Belfar.

Last night, more than a dozen people were arrested, including St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who says he was sitting in his car observing the scene when officers moved in.

"I think they are trying to take a heavy handed approach to squash these protests but they are not going to be able to beat these young people into submission. You are not going to be able to overpower them with guns," said French.

At one point it looked like tear gas was fired directly at a television crew. Officers also detained two print journalists.

"They threw me up against the soda machine, then put me in handcuffs or plastic restraints all the while yelling at me stop resisting, stop resisting as I was yelling at them I'm not resisting," said Wesley Lowery, Washington Post reporter.