Holding up signs stating that Black Lives Matter, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined more than 50 African American men dressed in suits and ties in a silent vigil to acknowledge the recent deaths of unarmed black men.
Lawyers, elected officials, executives and others stood shoulder to shoulder in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, showing their support for the protests occurring across the country. Kerman Maddox, managing partner at Dakota Communications, organized the vigil with the hope to continue a national conversation about police brutality and actions.
Demonstrations have sprung throughout the nation in the wake of two grand juries declining to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men — Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The killing of young men, particularly young men of color, must end, said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.
“In light of the issues manifesting throughout the nation – in Ferguson, in Staten Island, as well as our very own Los Angeles County,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “We gather, in an act of solidarity, demanding an end to police violence and a change in the social justice system.”