posted at 18:50
Author Name: Jennie Matthew
US activists demand police reform as Ferguson cop quits
On Saturday, a core group of about 100 marchers, many from other states, set out on a 120-mile "Journey for Justice," heading from the St Louis suburb of Ferguson to the Missouri state capital Jefferson City. The marchers, organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, are demanding the sacking of the Ferguson police chief, nationwide police reforms and an end to racial profiling. The march is the latest in a series of protests that have taken place across the United States in the wake of the explosive grand jury decision not to indict Wilson. Mobbed by TV cameras, he then led the march in one direction before turning around and heading back the opposite way, marching into West Florissant Avenue, where some of the worst looting took place. The group told AFP they would march around 10 miles on Saturday, before returning to the church to sleep. The peaceful march came after 15 protesters were arrested late Friday outside the Ferguson police department and after demonstrators shut down a shopping mall in St Louis, demanding a boycott of post-Thanksgiving shopping. The NAACP wants police to use body cameras, changes to the system of equipping police with military hardware, a promotion of diversity on the force and an end to the use of major force in cases involving minor offenses. Adrian West, a technology trainer, waited nearly two hours for the marchers to show up late, potentially missing a memorial service for a friend killed in a fight.

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