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‘Hands up!’: Rallies continue in Ferguson as police impose curfew for second day in a row

Posted at 5:19 PM, Aug 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-17 17:19:38-04

 FERGUSON, Mo. (PIX11) -- “Hands up!”

It’s become one of the rallying cries for this St. Louis County, Missouri community, to signify what eyewitnesses say Ferguson resident Michael Brown was doing in the moments before he was shot and killed by a town police officer.

The frustration has boiled over again and again, sometimes with disturbing results, like looting and clashes with police.

We spoke with a bishop who represents more than fifty churches in this part of Missouri, who tells us that in his opinion, the open debate on race, police community relations and the use of force that’s taking over Ferguson echoes what’s been unfolding in New York since Eric Garner’s fatal police encounter.

In the bishop’s opinion, it’s a matter of perception and respect.

On Sunday afternoon Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon Martin’s parents, and now represents the Michael Brown family, along with Rev. Al Sharpton,  escorted the slain teenager’s mother into a local church here for another sizeable rally.

The crowd here is fully aware and completely outraged by the announcement that a state police enforced street curfew will be in effect for a second consecutive night.

PIX11's Jay Dow will be in St. Louis County, Missouri providing live coverage of this developing story on the News at 10.