Youth in Ferguson called for a student walkout to both honor Brown and protest police violence and racial profiling, according to the web page HandsUpUnited.org, which promoted the demonstration.
The meaning of the "Hands Up" rallying cry is because many believe based on witness statements to media that Brown was shot with his hands up in an attempt to surrender. However, a pathologist hired by Brown's family could not confirm Brown did have his hands raised when he was shot.
The protesters have issued national demands, calling for President Barack Obama to come to Ferguson, for the Department of Justice to conduct a nationwide review of police brutality and racial profiling, requiring cameras on police departments with records of racial disparities or excessive force and immediate suspension without pay for officers using excessive force.
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) August 24, 2014
Since Mike Brown won't be in class on Monday we are calling for a National Student Walk Out in Solidarity with Ferguson, MO
— justified agitator (@Awkward_Duck) August 22, 2014
The walkout was planned for 1 p.m. Eastern, and participants were encouraged to share photos and video online. Activists posted images of their walkouts on social media using the hashtag #HandsUpWalkout:
— Sarah Blazonis (@SarahTWCNews) August 25, 2014
— Hands Up Students (@HandsUpStudents) August 25, 2014
There is no official list of participating schools, but it did include Washington University in St. Louis, George Mason University, Syracuse University, Antioch College, Sewanee and the University of Kansas.
— OBS-STL (@OBS_StL) August 25, 2014
— emelia (@meliebedelie) August 25, 2014
— Antioch College (@AntiochCollege) August 25, 2014
— Kendra Cruse (@kendra612) August 25, 2014
— Ace (@missusmonroe) August 25, 2014
— Fourth Estate (@IVEstate) August 25, 2014
BEFORE YOU GO
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot
New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing
08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT
Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown
08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents
USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father
08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
Stepmother of #MichaelBrown said the late teen "pretty much prophesied his own death and didn't realize it."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 25, 2014