Vigil held for victims of "police injustice"

Members of the Port Arthur community are taking a stand against racial profiling nearly two weeks after the shooting death of Ferguson Missouri teen Michael Brown.An awareness rally and community vigil took place Thursday night at Gillham Circle in memory of Brown and other victims of what organizers call "police injustice" across the country.

The group who hosted that vigil was PRO-ACT which stands for "Promoting action in our communities and towns."

With candles lit, dozens prayed for Brown and his family and for locals like Alfred Wright and Dustin Glover who they say were victims of police injustice.

Becky Glover attended the vigil in memory of her son, Dustin Glover. An autopsy showed Glover died of a drug overdose, two days after what some are calling a heavy- handed and violent arrest.

"The last day I saw him he told me I love you mom and I told him i love you too baby that's the last time I seen him," Glover said.

Glover wasn't the only one honored at the vigil, pictures on display showed others believed to have been killed at the hands of police.

"The thing that compares these individuals was they were all unarmed and they were all African American," PRO-ACT organizer Alonna Francis said, "and I think outrage in the community was sparked since they were all happening repeatedly one after another."

Francis said the group's goal was to spread awareness in a nonviolent manner unlike the nearly two weeks of protests in Missouri.

"There was a whole lot of tension rising from city to city and we didn't want that to happen in Port Arthur which is why we came together and tried to form something peaceful," Francis said.

In other words Francis said, it's just another effort to get people talking and thinking about the consequences of racial profiling.

Members of the group also took time to spread the word about a forum on Sept. 18 that they're hoping will draw input from the public and law enforcement on how to eliminate these types of tragedies in the future.


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