Universal African Peoples Organization

Leaders playing the role of prosecuting attorneys sit in the foreground as Herdosia Bentum testifies that she has been mistreated by St. Louis-area police. The grand jury sits in the background.
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A symbolic grand jury convened by African liberation groups is meeting this weekend in north St. Louis County to hear evidence about the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

Universal African People's Organization leader Zaki Baruti (left) and African People's Socialist Party leader Omali Yeshitela.
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Activists connected to the Leadership Coalition for Justice (formerly called the Justice for Mike Brown Leadership Coalition) and the African People’s Socialist Party announced Friday that they are convening a symbolic grand jury in January to decide for themselves whether former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged with a crime for killing Michael Brown.

Erin Williams

Attendees were encouraged to turn their outrage into action today at a rally held downtown today to create awareness of injustice and racial profiling stemming from the not guilty verdict of the Trayvon Martin case. The verdict was handed down Saturday.

Jamala Rogers is co-chairwoman of the Coalition Against Police Crime and Repression and was one of many community leaders present today. She says that by channeling the community’s outrage into action, there can be fewer court cases and injustices that resemble those of Trayvon Martin.