South Carolina residents joined a nationwide moment of silence Thursday in observance of an unarmed black Missouri teenager fatally shot by a police officer and other victims who organizers say died of police brutality.
Columbia's WLTX reports dozens of peaceful protesters took to the State House where they held signs for hours in support of the city of Ferguson, Mo. More than 90 cities held vigils, which came days after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the death of a New York man caused by a police officer's chokehold.
In Greenville more than 200 people, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, observed the moment of silence as well, according to The Greenville News. In Orlando, Florida, about 15 miles outside the Sanford suburb where unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman in 2012, a multicultural crowd of about 100 people gathered in front of a park amphitheater, the Associated Press reported.
In New York, thousands of people peacefully gathered in Manhattan's Times Square and Union Square, invoking the rallying cries "hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe," alluding to the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was arrested on Staten Island on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes and was placed in an officer's chokehold.
Garner, who had asthma, can be heard on tape shouting "I can't breathe!" and died a short time later.
In other news:
Haley joins the Ice Bucket Challenge (The Post and Courier)
Haley honors McGill in Kingstree (The Morning News)
Former Certus execs appeal subpoena order (The Greenville News)
Richland County delegation to meet in September to choose election board (The State)
Sheheen attacks Haley's jobs record, fundraising (The Sumter Item)
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