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Local protests, rallies planned in response to Ferguson decision

Several rallies have been planned Tuesday across the Charlotte area in response to Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man.

Three rallies have been scheduled Tuesday evening, and students at two Charlotte universities are being called to protest the decision.

In the meantime, Charlotte city officials issued a statement Monday evening, saying they will work to accommodate those who want to have peaceful protests.

The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

The city of Charlotte’s statement read: “Considering the Ferguson grand jury rendered a decision this evening, the City of Charlotte is working with local organizers to ensure people can lawfully assemble and freely express themselves in a safe and peaceful manner.”

The first observance Tuesday evening is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Marshall Park. It has been titled Charlotte Stands With Ferguson Solidarity Rally. The N.C. Voter Defense, which has organized the event, is asking people to bring flashlights.

The Charlotte chapter of the NAACP has announced it will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, 700 West Sugar Creek Road in north Charlotte.

And a group called Disciples of Justice has scheduled a “Hands Up For Justice Rally” at 7:30 p.m. in front of the federal courthouse, 401 W. Trade St. Participating groups in that event include the Charlotte chapter of the National Action Network, Mothers of Murdered Offspring, and Women of Color.

Local college campuses also are marking the grand jury’s decision. Students at Johnson C. Smith University and UNC Charlotte are being encouraged to wear black on Tuesday.

And the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has announced a news conference at 10 a.m. at its headquarters in Durhan. The organization plans to disclose how it will protest the events in Missouri.

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