WASHINGTON — Bostonians turned out Tuesday night to show solidarity with protesters nationwide, upset over the decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. But the protest in Boston had a twist: Marchers stopped at a local jail to stand with the inmates there.
The South Bay facility houses adult male and female inmates convicted of crimes with a sentence of 2.5 years or less.
African-American men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men, according to The Sentencing Project. If current trends continue, one out of every three black men in the U.S. will go to prison. ProPublica recently found that “young black men [were] 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police” between 2010 and 2012.
Photos at the South Bay institution show men leaning on bars in windows, watching the crowd below. One inmate wrote “Mike Brown” on the window, according to a protestor’s tweet.