Ferguson protesters gather at Palo Alto City Hall

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A peaceful protestor looks on somberly as another protester shares her thoughts. She carries a sign that says, "No Justice in AmeriKKKa." Photo by Amy Leung.

A peaceful protestor looks on somberly as another protester shares her thoughts during a peaceful gathering this afternoon at Palo Alto City Hall. Roughly 50 people were present at 1:30 p.m. to listen to others talk about their responses to the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Amy Leung.

About 50 Palo Alto residents and Stanford students congregated this afternoon in front of Palo Alto City Hall to peacefully protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to pursue a trial for an officer who shot an unarmed resident in Ferguson, Mo. earlier this year.

Originally starting at the plaza by Pizza My Heart, the protesters relocated to City Hall. The protest was peaceful, with people holding cardboard signs with sayings such as “#blacklivesmatter” and “No Justice in AmeriKKKa.”

A crowd of peaceful protesters listens to one protestor as he talks about the brutality of racism. Police lights shine in the background as the Palo Alto Police Department blocks off the street for the protest. Photo by Amy Leung.

A crowd of peaceful protesters listens to one protestor as he talks about the brutality of racism. Police lights shine in the background as the Palo Alto Police Department blocks off the street for the protest. Photo by Amy Leung.

Volunteers took turns stepping into the middle of the circle to relate their personal stories and opinions on the Ferguson decision.

A Stanford student studying the Program in African and African American Studies, Tianay Pulphus, elicited murmurs of agreement from the crowd when she said, “Do not be afraid when people say do not assemble. Do not be afraid when people say do not organize.”

Another protester, Angel Santuario, originally came to videotape the protest, but ended up speaking to the crowd.

“It’s not the system that failed us,” Santuario said sarcastically. “The system worked perfectly.”