- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Portland, Oregon, for a vigil and moment of silence to protest the death of a black teen shot by a police officer in Missouri.

Similar protest vigils in more than 90 cities across the country drew thousands of people Thursday.

KGW-TV reports (http://is.gd/No7bP1 ) that Portland Mayor Charlie Hales estimated the crowd in his city at about 400 people.

The mayor released a statement in which he sent his prayers to relatives and friends of Michael Brown, the young man shot in Ferguson, Missouri, last Saturday. The mayor adds, in his words, “No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police. Yet we must honestly admit that, too often, this is not true for a wide swath of our community: people of color.”

A huge crowd of people protesting the teen’s death also gathered Thursday in Ferguson, chanting and carrying signs.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/

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