City Desk

Hands Up on H Street NE


Dozens of demonstrators marched down H Street NE Saturday night in response to the August 9 slaying of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown by a police officer there. The marchers called for police departments around the country to reform their law-enforcement practices, and for the arrest of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown. They marched from Union Station past the end of H Street and back again, slowing traffic and blocking intersections. Here are a few of the things I saw there.




Illustrations by Josh Kramer

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  • John Smith

    Hilarious, a strong arm thug being lionized by brainless, wannabe, racist thugs.

  • BH

    No mention of the "Free Gaza" protestors trying to co-opt the rally?

  • Typical DC BS

    I actually see this as a positive - only a few dozen protesters? Guess the educated folks want to wait and see when ALL the facts come out, then decide where they stand.
    Free Gaza protesters? Guess there are still some brainless morons in our midst - were they wearing those idiotic Guy Fawkes masks or the Palestinian "scarves" to show their support for terrorists?

  • cminus

    The problem of police forces that are not only increasingly militarized but increasingly incompetently militarized -- the US military would never send troops into an urban setting with the undisciplined rules of engagement common among domestic police forces -- ought to be a concern regardless of one's race or politics. If they can do it to someone else, they can do it to you.

  • jeewhiz

    Police said Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter, which
    under North Carolina law involves killing without malice using
    "excessive force" in exercising "imperfect self-defense."

    were not expected to offer further details Sunday, said Officer Keith
    Trietley, a department spokesman. The report was not available Sunday.

    27, of Midland, turned himself in for booking Saturday evening and was
    released on $50,000 bond, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's
    Office website. Kerrick joined the police force in April 2011. He has a
    first appearance court hearing scheduled for Monday.

    FAMU Interim
    Athletic Director Michael Smith said Ferrell played the safety position
    for the school's football team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

    "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during their time of bereavement," Smith said in an emailed statement.

    search of public records indicated that Ferrell began living in
    Charlotte early this year after moving from Tallahassee, Fla., home to

  • chris8lee