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Chicagoans gather to honor victims of police brutality

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hundreds gathered in Chicago Thursday for a moment of silence to honor victims of police brutality.

The crowd fell silent at 6:20 p.m., holding hands and pointing them towards the sky. The large group, blended by all ages and different races, came together to voice their outrage over the shooting death of Michael Brown -- an unarmed Missouri teen by a police officer.

"We need to come together as a community, not just a black community, but just a generation as one people and fight for justice. What's right and what's wrong, it's not always about skin color, it's about what's right," said Taara King, who attended the vigil.

Many of them held up cardboard signs, just as 18-year-old Brown's father did when his son was shot and killed in Ferguson over the weekend. Names of others from around the country were written on signs as well. Organizers said they were all killed by those who serve and protect the community.

People at the vigil are concerned about the images coming out of Ferguson.

"The militarization of the police force is extremely worrisome to me and the infringement of our first amendment rights is important to me," Phillip Jenks said.

Many said they want to see shootings like the one in Missouri stop. They shared emotional stories and sang songs to describe the hurt these incidents cause friends and family of those killed.

People also want to see these racial tensions come to an end.

“We have great problems of social injustice, race, class. How many more of these is it going to take? How many Eric Garners? How many Michael Browns? How many? And if it had been me, it wouldn't have happened,” Jenks added.

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