Ferguson-related march scheduled for downtown Tacoma on MLK Day

People will take part in a four-mile march in downtown Tacoma on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as part of a national event in remembrance of Michael Brown and others killed by police.

Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed in August by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, was left on the ground for four hours after the shooting, according to media reports.

Monday’s four-mile march will honor Brown and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who died after Cleveland police officers reportedly waited four minutes to give him first aid after he was shot by one of the officers.

The march also will recognize others organizers said were “injured or died as a result of police violence.” It aims to “bring awareness to America's epidemic of racial profiling and police brutality,” according to the website, www.4milemarch.org.

Marchers will gather at 1:30 p.m. at the County-City building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., and will walk to the Peoples Park at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

About 30 marches are listed on the event website to take place Monday nationally. The gatherings are advertised by the Coalition Against Police Violence.

More information about the Tacoma event is available by contacting jamikascott@gmail.com, or facebook.com/jamika.scott.