Tonight: "National Moment of Silence" in Lafayette Square

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Police brutality protest in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13. - ELVERT BARNES/FLICKR
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  • Police brutality protest in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13.

Tonight, a National Moment of Silence will host vigils to honor victims of police brutality at dozens of cities across the country. In New Orleans, organizers will meet at 6 p.m. at Lafayette Square.

Organizers ask participants to wear a red ribbon or piece of cloth or bandana on the right arm, and people can follow events via the hashtag #NMOS14 on Twitter and Facebook.

The vigil follows the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9 at the hands of a police officer — and the ensuing protests, rallies and aggressive police action — as well as the death of Ezell Ford in Los Angeles on Aug. 11. In New Orleans, a man was shot by a New Orleans Police Department officer during a traffic stop on Monday, which was not mentioned by the department until yesterday.


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