Photos: Emotional candlelight vigil rallies protesters

NAACP pres. Nekima Levy-Pounds speaks to the crowd
Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, speaks to the crowd during the candlelight vigil. "Jamar deserved to be treated with dignity and respect," she said. "And that's why we're here tonight, to honor his memory."
Judy Griesedieck for MPR News

Demonstrators in front of the Minneapolis police department's Fourth Precinct held a vigil late Friday afternoon, as leaders from the national NAACP joined the group's nearly weeklong efforts.

Prayers, poetry, speeches and song carried the roughly hourlong service, as the gathered crowd held candles and peppered the speakers with applause and encouragement.

Minneapolis NAACP president Nekima Levy-Pounds called it "the most beautiful gathering I've ever seen in my life."

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