Speaking out in silence

By Julianne Peixoto

August 14, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People across the United States Thursday night observed a moment of silence in honor of victims of police brutality.

After an unarmed teenager in Missouri was shot and killed by police last Saturday, Binghamton joined in pausing for reflection on all forms of oppression Thursday night.

"These struggles are connected," said Kymel Yard. "One group of oppressed people is the same as the next group of oppressed people, is the same as the next group of oppressed people."

Residents offered prayers and ideas on how to end global oppression, from police brutality in the United States to wars waging overseas.

They also shared stories of their own struggles.

"I think that it's important that people see that it's happening right here in Binghamton, too," said Ryane Lovett. "It's not just something that's happening you know so far away in Ferguson things like this happen in Binghamton everyday, everywhere."

"We can stand in solidarity here in Binghamton with people in Los Angeles, people in New York, people in Ferguson, Missouri," said Yard. "We are all one people: black, white, blue, yellow."

In Ferguson Thursday, the governor announced that the local police force -- which has been clashing with protestors and even firing tear gas and using other non-lethal methods against members of the media -- is out.

The state police are taking control of security in the beleaguered city in an attempt to calm the violence

Protests have been going on nightly since police shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown on Saturday. Brown was unarmed.

The U.S. Attorney General spoke with the family of the slain teenager Thursday afternoon. He promised a full civil rights investigation.

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