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Moment of silence held for Ferguson victim
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Groups around the country remembered Michael Brown, the victim of the police shooting in a Saint Louis suburb, with a moment of silence Thursday August 15, 2014.
Pastor Damon Lynch hosted a forum in Roselawn to talk about the shooting and riots that followed.
People who came out talked about the similarities between the shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teen, and Timothy Thomas here in 2001.
It was also a chance for younger people to voice their concerns about these shooting incidents.
At times, many were passionate. Others held signs in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri.
Pastor Lynch said, "Give people a chance to express their emotions so they don't hold in their anger, to bring people together so we all see that we're not alone."
The moment of silence at New Prospect Baptist Church and the conversation that followed is one of many going on across the country.
People spoke about what can be done to deal with alleged police brutality, and younger people expressed their concerns about racial profiling.
Jade Brown attended the forum and said, "I have a 16-year-old brother so at this very moment, he could be driving around with three or four friends in the car blasting rap music. So to me the image of him doing that and knowing that anything could happen to him at any point in time scares me."
Some are also concerned about the unrest that's happened in Missouri following the shooting, saying that the Michael Brown incident and Cincinnati's Timothy Thomas shooting are eerily similar.
"It breaks my heart," said Pastor Lynch. "Those are images that you never get out of your head. To see him gunned down in the street lying in the street for hours along."
Pastor Lynch said there is also an effort to support the family of John Crawford.
He's the Fairfield man who was holding a pellet gun and was shot and killed by officers in Beavercreek, Ohio.
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