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Marchers Protest Police Shootings in SoCal

The protest comes in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager

A group of protesters gathered in Southern California on Monday to protest shooting deaths at the hands of police officers.

The demonstration comes after the killings of Ezell Ford, 25, who was shot in South LA by an LAPD officer, and Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

About 20 to 30 marchers in South Los Angeles walked while carrying signs that read "Ferguson is Everywhere" and "Police Brutality and Murder MUST STOP!" After arriving at the site of an Ezell Ford mural, protesters argued over a microphone and dwindled to a few people.

Ford was unarmed on Aug. 11 when officers shot him during a struggle, police said. Since the shooting, residents have called on the department to release his autopsy — which has been under a security hold at the LAPD's request.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said last month the autopsy would be released by the end of the year.

Police at South LA's Newton Station told the protesters they would support the gathering unless things "get out of hand."

Ford's brother told NBC4 that the family was not aware of a protest in his honor.

Brown, an unarmed teen accused of robbing a convenience store before a confrontation, has sparked nationwide protests resulting in hundreds of arrests. Nearly 380 people were arrested in Los Angeles last week as a result of the protests.

The Ferguson officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, has since resigned.

In Anaheim, a group of about three dozen protesters gathered in anger over fatal police shootings that plagued the city and sparked near-riots. But Anaheim police said the community will have to make a decision to trust what they do is necessary.

"There are some people that we're never going to be able to convince that what we do and why we do it is necessary," Anaheim Police Lt. Bob Dunn said. "But as long as there are laws in the books that need to be enforced, you're always going to need police, and it's our job to police the community professionally and responsibly, and that's what we're committed to doing."

John Cádiz Klemack and Vikki Vargas contributed to this report.

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