CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston is one of 32 cities spread across the United States scheduled to hold a peaceful rally Tuesday in the wake of a grand jury's decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
A"Hands Up For Justice Rally" will kick off at noon at the federal court house in downtown Charleston, located at the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets. Over 30 cities are expected to hold similar rallies, hosted by the National Action Network.
The civil rights organization is asking for people in the participating locations to gather at their city's federal court house for a peaceful protest.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
According to grand jury testimony, Officer Wilson encountered Brown walking in a street with a friend, and attempted to question him about an earlier robbery. Brown allegedly grew violent with the officer, who was still in his patrol vehicle.
Officer Wilson says he drew his gun, which Brown then grabbed. The officer reportedly fired shots at the 18-year-old, who then attempted to run away while Wilson gave chase.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said witness testimony varied on whether Brown walked or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded. Others also claimed Brown had his hands raised.
The grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson resulted in violent protests in Ferguson Monday night, with several businesses being looted and cars set on fire.