FERGUSON, Mo. — A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Aug. 12 expressed their support for the family of a black Missouri teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer.
The National Black Justice Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Transgender Equality are among the groups that signed onto the letter in response to Michael Brown’s death in a predominantly black St. Louis suburb on Aug. 8.
“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds and because all movements of equality are deeply connected,” the letter reads. “We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled.”
Reports indicate Brown was unarmed when an officer with the Ferguson Police Department fatally shot him.
The shooting has sparked widespread protests in the city.
Local authorities have arrested dozens of people in connection with setting stores on fire, vandalism and even assaulting reporters as the Associated Press reported.
The AP reported the officer, whose identity has not been released, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The FBI and the St. Louis County Police Department continue to investigate the incident.
“The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri,” reads the statement from the LGBT advocacy groups. “We stand with the mothers and fathers of young black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes.”