Protests Against Police Brutality: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”

  • submit to reddit

People in more than 90 cities around the country took to the streets on Thursday to protest the police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Here’s a collection of pictures from some of the rallies that took place in Washington, DC, New York City, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Omaha, Nebraska.

Howard University students posed in this photo Thursday in protest of the killing of Michael Brown. (photo: Twitter user @The_Blackness48)

Thursday morning twitter user named @The_Blackness48 posted this photo of hundreds of black students at Howard University in solidarity with Michael Brown. The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme attracted a lot of attention in social media. This photo alone has been retweeted more than 14,000 times.

Antoine Wallace raises his hands while leaning against a New York City police car during a protest march in New York, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)

In New York City, this young man posed in front of an NYPD car. Hundreds of protesters marched to Times Square with their hands up in the air and chanting, “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police.”

Jay Mitchell, of Pagedale, Missouri. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

Also in St. Louis, Missouri, hundreds of people took to the streets to show their solidarity.

Demonstrators hold their hands up during a national moment of silence event At Leimert Plaza Park in Los Angeles on Thursday Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ed Crisostomo)

In Los Angeles, according to Southern California Public Radio, about 500 people gathered in Leimert Park to join the nationwide protest for the killing of Michael Brown.

University of Nebraska criminal justice senior Aron Sanders, of Omaha, Neb., kneels in front of the Nebraska State Capitol building Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Francis Gardler)

And in Nebraska, more than 30 students gathered in front of Nebraska State Capitol Building according to AP.

Supporters raise their hands during a rally at Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcom X Park, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Washington, to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In Washington, DC, protests were organized in different areas. According to NBC 4 Washington, thousands participated in solidarity protest, where everyone chanted, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”

It’s been a week since the fatal death of Michael Brown. The community has spoken, asking that justice be served. And for many kids of color, the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme has struck a chord.

Charina Nadura is the digital assistant at She was previously a multimedia news production fellow at Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. While there, she helped produce segments on climate change, the fast-food workers movement and the Philippines. Her documentary project The Second Generation Filipino was shown at the San Francisco Immigrant Film Fest in 2012. Follow her on Twitter: @CharinaNadura.
  • submit to reddit