Protesters march through downtown Atlanta, rally at Underground/Woodruff Park following Ferguson grand jury decision

Protesters marched down Walton Street in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, by U.S. Federal Court of Appeals, on the way to the rally at Underground just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Chants of “no justice, no peace!” and “hands up, don’t shoot!” rang through the air.

Here’s a link to a gallery of photos

At Underground, booming hip hop music and vibrant speakers filled the air, accompanied for calls of “boycott!” and “What do you want? Justice! When do you want it? Now!”

The crowd also joined in singing “We Shall Overcome.”

One speaker screamed, “We have promised for four months f that if they gave us no justice  we would give them no peace! We will give them no peace!”

That speaker further stated that “black and brown people (should) build their own education and health and criminal justice systems.”

Another speaker demanded that Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, nee H. Rap Brown, be freed. Al-Amin is serving a life sentence at Supermax, a federal facility in Colorado known as the country’s most secure. He was convicted in 2002 of following the 2000 shooting of two Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies. Deputy Ricky Kinchen died.

In 2009, a federal complaint said that a Detroit imam shot and killed in a gunfight with federal agents had belonged to a Muslim separatist sect led by Al-Amin.

More images from the scene:

Later marchers headed for Woodruff Park carrying this banner:

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– AJC reporter Steve Visser


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