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Ferguson Protesters' 'Die-In' Commemorates 100 Days Since Brown Shooting

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Demonstrators lay on the ground in a mock death protest of the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on November 16, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 01:26 PM

Ferguson protesters held what they called a "die-in" Sunday to mark the 100th day since the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Chants of "No justice, no peace" rang out as the demonstrators marched and then laid down on the ground in chalk outlines usually reserved for crime scenes, KSDK.com reported.

"On Aug. 9 at 12:01, an officer by the name of Darren Wilson brutally murdered our brother Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri," Dhoruba Shakur shouted over the bullhorn while the protesters laid on the ground, according to the St. Louis American.

"Police brutality is happening all over the nation right in front of our faces, and some of us have the privilege of continuing on everyday life as if this isn’t our reality," Shakur continued. "This action is a demonstration. This is our way of showing this is something we can't avoid."



The "die-in" is just the latest protest in and around Ferguson as the St. Louis area braces for a grand jury decision on whether to indict Wilson in the shooting death of Brown. The teen's supporters claim he was a victim of police brutality, while critics argue that Brown instigated a physical altercation with Wilson and then reached for his gun.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency as a precaution Monday and called in the National Guard to maintain order, according to CNN.

In response to Nixon's declaration, Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking that the federal government take control of any guard units in Ferguson. 

Michael T. McPhearson, the co-chairman of the Don’t Shoot Coalition, told The New York Times that, regardless of the grand jury's decision on Wilson, the issue of how the police interact with people of color on a daily basis is a persistent problem that needs its day in court.

"It must be changing how police and citizens relate to one another," McPhearson said. "We're calling for police accountability, police transparency, changing how the police do their work. If there's an indictment or if there's not an indictment, we still have that work to do."

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