Protesters gather in downtown St. Louis to honor Michael Brown, Jr.

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 14 at 11:33 PM

(KMOV.com) - Protesters gathered in downtown St. Louis Thursday evening for a moment of silence for Michael Brown, then part of the crowd marched towards Busch Stadium.

A group of about 100 people were chanting "We are Michael Brown" and "Hands up, don't shoot" outside the Cardinals game.

The rally originated near the Gateway Arch, where a large crowd was organized online by the National Moment of Silence.

"We've had time to express our rage, express our hurt and anger, but I don't think we've mourned the losses here," said organizer Chloe Ward.

St. Louis police officers look on as the crowd raised their hands in silence.

"It's just not African American people in Ferguson that's upset about what's going on, it's people of all color of all walks of life," said Alona Caldwell, who came from Dellwood.

"(Demonstrators) have to come with the right mindset," said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.  "We're here to protect the rights of everybody.  Whether we like the message or not, we're here to protect everyone's rights," he said.

Dotson said he talked with event organizers beforehand.  Dotson also walked among the crowd shaking hands.

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