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December 1st, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Ferguson protesters stage nationwide walkouts

(CNN) – It was hands up, walk out.

Across the country Monday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets at 12:01 p.m. Ferguson (Central) time to mark the moment unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson.

After a few days of violent reactions in Ferguson to the grand jury's decision not to charge Wilson, today protesters around the country, largely peacefully, voiced their opposition to not only what they perceived as the specific injustice in the Brown case, but larger issues of social injustice for minorities

"The point is to disrupt business as usual," Washington, D.C., protester Noor Mir told local station WUSA.

While the President met behind closed doors at the White House, blocks away protesters lay in the street, blocking traffic.

"Mike Brown's life stopped and everyone else needs to stop and realize that too," another D.C. protesters told WUSA.

The controversy did not take a holiday for Thanksgiving weekend.

After months of pressure and negotiations, Wilson abruptly resigned his post Sunday as a Ferguson police officer, saying he didn't want to cause harm to other officers.

"We have now severed ties with Officer Darren Wilson," said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, adding that it was time for the officer and the city to move on.

"There is no severance agreement with Officer Wilson and the city of Ferguson, the city of Ferguson will not be making a severance payment to Officer Wilson," he said.

The controversy even reared its head during Sunday football, when protesters got a boost from the St. Louis Rams. Five players walked out the tunnel before the game, assuming the "hands up, don't shoot" pose in solidarity with the protesters.

Though as a matter of evidence, witnesses before the grand jury gave vastly different accounts on whether Michael Brown's hands were in fact up.

"We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protesters," said Rams player Jared Cook.

"We just want to let the community know that we support them," said Rams player Kenny Britt.

The move angered the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, which quickly asked the NFL to discipline the players. An NFL spokesman said they players would not be.

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