LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A group of about 100 protesters gathered inside Westfield Wheaton mall Thursday to stage a “die-in,” a type of protest that has been popular locally and elsewhere since a jury declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

“The purpose of this demonstration is to raise awareness about the countless black lives that have been taken, and to send a message that this issue hasn’t gone away and won’t be swept under the rug just because it’s a new year,” according to a news release from organizers.

“These young men and women will be remembered, and we will hold this demonstration to mourn the loss of those who have been killed, remind everyone that the fight is not over, and demand safe and responsible law enforcement going forward.”

WNEW’s PJ Elliott says there was a large law enforcement presence at the mall but that the event was peaceful and not disruptive.

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