COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP held a vigil Monday night to reflect on Ferguson and support a slain teen's family.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, violent clashes between police and protesters have erupted on the city's streets.
At the vigil Monday night, people stood in front of the crowd of 60 people to share their feelings about the teen's death and the Ferguson community. Damion Buford II said he could be Michael Brown.
"I am that black teen. I am that son. And it could have been me. It could have been any one of these people here but it happened to tragically be Michael Brown. So when I say I am Michael Brown, we are Michael Brown, we stand united as one," said Buford.
The President of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP, Henry Allen, said problems in Ferguson stem from racism and police brutality.
"Our police have got so fearful of citizens that they thought their only way to come out is to be aggressive toward African-American men and women. There is a stigma that the African-American male is a violent aggressive person," said Allen.
People wrote messages on boards after the vigil. The local chapter of the NAACP plans to mail the messages to Brown's family in Ferguson.
Lt. Ron Reeves with Fountain Police Department attended the vigil.
"The reason I showed up is I wanted to show the young people that we are all in this together no matter what race, nationality, we are all in this together. Twenty-four years ago when I took this oath, I promised to serve and protect all, not just a few," said Reeves.
At the end of the vigil, the crowd faced east toward Missouri and paused for a moment of silence. Then, their said a closing prayer with candles raised.