Demonstrations are set to take place in two Maine cities in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision, including two in Portland.

A grand jury decided on Monday not to indict Ferguson policer office Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The decision sparked protests and rallies all over the country.

The NAACP Portland Branch has organized a gathering at 5 p.m. in Monument Square, with Mayor Michael Brennan, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck and leaders in Maine’s faith communities addressing the gathering around the importance of a fair and transparent justice system.

The event is co-sponsored by a number of groups that advocate peace and economic justice as well as local churches.

The second rally is scheduled for 9 p.m., with a candlelight vigil and residents invited to bring signs advocating peaceful support of the Missouri protesters.

A demonstration in Bangor demonstration was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. outside the city’s police department.

Dozens of other demonstrations are planned around New England and the country, and others have already taken place.


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