Community leaders, university students and residents gathered Tuesday night at the Davis Community Church for a roundtable discussion about the events in Ferguson, Mo.
Ferguson has been the site of mass protests since Monday, when a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, 18.
The Davis gathering of roughly 75 people was one of many that took place across the country. It was organized by the Davis Phoenix Coalition, a nonprofit that works to prevent hate crimes.
“There’s a lot of divisiveness ... but we’re hoping we can move past that,” Gloria Partida, coalition co-chairwoman, said in opening remarks.
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For the next hour, participants introduced themselves and discussed the Missouri incident. Some used words like “confused, sad and angry” to describe their emotions. Others brought in colorful signs that read “Black Lives Matter.”
Sacramento resident Tho Vinh Banh expressed dismay over the justice system. “One death is one too many,” she told the group.