KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- People gathered in Kansas City Wednesday afternoon in response to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The protesters said it's their way of expressing pain and channeling their emotions into action, letting the community know that there is a way to have a respectful and unified gathering.
Roughly 20 to 30 people took off around 11:15 a.m. to make the walk to the Country Club Plaza in the cold. The organizers said their group is a faith-based movement made up of people from different denominations, ethnic backgrounds and organizations from around the metro.
“We felt that the faith community needed to offer a statement about preventing destruction in our communities, the right to peaceful protest and trying to improve racial reconciliation within our own community," said James Terrance of Friendship Baptist Church.
Across the nation in San Diego, protesters also took to the streets -- and stopped traffic. About 50 people walked onto I-5 and blocked northbound traffic during the morning commute. Police escorted the protesters off the freeway.