Hundreds continue protest in New Orleans over Ferguson decision

Hundreds continue protest in New Orleans over Ferguson decision

The crowd of protesters grew larger, as they marched from Lee Circle to Congo Square.

"I think it's great," says Marini Ramee "We had a good turnout."

Ramee keeps her son, Davin, close to her because of concerns about the violence which claimed the life of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

"He knows no justice, no peace," says Ramee.

As the protest reached Canal and Rampart, the crowd swelled. About 300 people marched quickly, determined to make their point about what they say is racial injustice in the United States.

"Black lives matter. We live in a white supremacist society and as a white person I'm glad to stand up for that," says one woman.

"I think the turnout was amazing," says Wes Bayas. "We expected 100 and we got two or 300."

The protest came just hours after the resignation of 28-year-old Darren Wilson, who was not indicted by a Missouri Grand Jury in the shooting death of Brown.

"No, that doesn't matter. He made hundreds of thousands of dollars, that's fine," says Ramee referring to claims that a website organizer has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for the officer from his supporters.

It's been a couple of days since the Grand Jury came back with its decision in Ferguson and clearly these folks believe the issue has not settled down.

The Brown case is just the latest to energize protesters, many of whom are in their 20's.

"I think a lot of people are realizing black lives matter,' says Bayas. "The Ferguson decision and Trayvon Martin has lit a fire with young people. They are ready to go into action."

At Congo Square, the protests continued with police officers laying back as far as a block away. The New Orleans protests were largely peaceful. Many say that the protests will continue until they believe the US becomes color blind.

As for Marini Ramee, she hopes for change but she believes her son will be okay.

"I'm not worried," says Ramee. "He's destined for big things, that's not my concern."

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