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Country Rallies, but Only Three People Show Up at Ferguson Solidarity Rally in West Palm Beach

Last night, Ferguson protesters took to the streets after St. Louis County prosecutors announced a grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. The massive protests that began over the summer inspired several solidarity rallies around the country -- but not so much around these parts. A rally in West Palm Beach saw only three protesters, but they were very passionate.

WPBF was on the scene last night at the City Center in West Palm to catch the three protesters. Everyone thought there would be many more people showing up -- including police officers, who made sure to have a strong presence in the area, just in case.

However, it was mostly all for naught, although the three protesters, who were all from the Florida Immigrant Coalition, were able to get their voices heard.

"We think the justice system in the United States has proved that it's really not working for everyone," Isabel Vinent told the news station.

In other parts of the country, however, protesters gathered en masse to show solidarity with their Missouri counterparts.

In Seattle, several hundred protesters marched in the downtown area of the city, including these people who held a die-in in the streets.

Even rapper Macklemore got in on the street action.

In Oakland, protesters also took to the streets, resulting in several arrests after more than 500 people marched on a freeway ramp, effectively shutting it down.

Protests were also held in Washington, D.C...

And New York City, where an artistic protester threw fake blood on New York City Police Department Chief William Bratton.

Although the West Palm Beach protest did not really get going, a rally is planned for 6 p.m. today in Miami at the Gernstien Justice Building.

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