40 in Reno Join Protest of Missouri Shooting

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 40 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Reno to peacefully protest the death of a black Missouri teenager shot by a white police officer.

Many of the Reno protesters carried signs in support of the NAACP, and several passing motorists honked in support late Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and similar rallies were held across the country.

The Missouri Highway Patrol took over security in the St. Louis suburb earlier Thursday amid criticisms of the police response in the wake of Saturday's shooting of 18-year-odl Michael Brown.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said in a statement the public deserves full disclosure of the facts surrounding the shooting and events that followed. He said, "every community in America deserves equal justice and equal protection under the law."