By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Thursday night more than 100 people came together, taking time out in the middle of a busy Market Square for just one moment of silence.
They are part of a nationwide movement of more than 90 cities taking one minute to join in the National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality.
“This is a simple gathering, a moment of silence for the many victims whose lives have been ended at the hands of those who are supposed to protect us. Bring signs, bring your stories, bring what you will. But we will be peaceful and respectful. We are here to honor the lives of those lost,” said organizers on the Knoxville event’s Facebook page.
The events began with the Twitter hashtag #NMOS14, calling for a moment of silence following the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown who was killed by police officers Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri. Friends and relatives said Brown was doing nothing wrong.
“I don’t like living in a world where certain people are treated differently just because they were born differently, and so I want things to change. I know other people want things to change,” said the protest organizer Sarah Klimas.
The death has resulted in several nights of violent protests in the St. Louis suburb. Officials say their investigation into Brown’s death could take weeks.
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Those at Knoxville’s event believe change will follow if enough people ask for it.
“I think the only thing that’s ever made a difference in history is people coming together and to make that difference, and so what we can do is to continue to resist these things when they happen,” said protestor Karly Safar.
“One of the main organizers, Larry Stafford, he said ‘We’re here because we’re sick and tired of being sick and tired,’ and I think that sums it up pretty well,” said Klimas.
There is another local peaceful protest planned for this weekend.
Protestors are planning to gather in front of the Knoxville Police Department on Saturday afternoon.