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Photos: Tucsonans protest no indictment in Ferguson shooting

About 100 Tucsonans marched through Downtown on Tuesday night, protesting that a Missouri grand jury did not issue an indictment in the Aug. 9 shooting death of teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. 

The protesters gathered near the Ronstadt Transit Center around 6 p.m. and traveled up through downtown.

After walking through the streets, the group blocked Speedway for about 20 minutes as they traveled from Park Avenue to 4th Avenue.  The group returned Downtown and eventually stopped at 6th Avenue and Congress Street before breaking up just before 9 p.m.

Some protesters encircled the intersection with yellow caution tape, while around a dozen laid down in a circle in the middle of the street for a few minutes, blocking traffic.

"We've shown we can do this, we've shown we are here," said Mike Lewis, who linked arms with some of the other protesters at the intersection. 

Tucson police accompanied the protesters throughout the evening. Motorcycle cops blocked traffic to allow the march to proceed through the streets, including north along Park Avenue and south along 4th Avenue through the underpass. When the group stopped, there were more than a dozen officers on hand, but no arrests were made. 

"I'm just pissed," said Sarah Jimenez, while standing near the Ronstadt Transit Center. "I'm just angry and tired of cops getting away with this."

Some who called for the demonstration had passed out flyers and posted on Facebook that marchers should dress in black and cover their faces. While some hewed to the "Fuck the Police" handbills, others walked through the cold with bared heads. Some carried signs reading, "Black lives matter," echoing a social media campaign that followed the shooting of Brown in a St. Louis suburb.

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Other signs read "A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect" and "Justicia."

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Nov 26, 2014, 6:04 pm
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and your comments are stupid Bret

Nov 26, 2014, 9:05 am
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Stupid is as stupid does.

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About a dozen people briefly laid down in the street, blocking traffic as they protested the decision of Missouri grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.