Hundreds gather on Country Club Plaza to protest police brutality

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — "Hands up, don't shoot!" shouted people who gathered Thursday evening at the JC Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City was one of nearly 100 cities across the country that took part in what was called the National Moment of Silence. Kansas City activists organized its rally to also protest police brutality following the Aug. 9th death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer.

"I think it's beautiful that all these people are here," one woman said of the gathering in Kansas City. "And I respect every single person here right now because they're doing it for themselves and everybody around them."

Others came to the event with a call for action.

"Something truly has to give, not just with the police, but with everybody -- the whole generation, something has to give," another woman said.

Police brutality was the topic of discussion among many. One woman said police should concentrate more on protecting the public.

"We have innocent people that work hard and pay these officers' salaries, and I think it's important that if you're going to come out protect us, come out and protect us, but not beat us," she said.

The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department did not have a comment on the subject matter of the rally, but said they had several officers in the area to monitor the large gathering of people. FOX 4's Eric Burke was there and reported seeing only a handful of officers -- a sign that the gathering remained peaceful.

Meanwhile in St. Louis, others took to the streets for the sixth straight night in remembrance of Michael Brown. See live video here.

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