Dozens of Utica residents fought the rain to hold a demonstration at Watson-Williams park last night to protest police violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the killing of Michael Brown.

Organizers say the gathering was held to protest against police brutality, racial profiling and also to fight for justice for the recent string of young black men who have been killed senselessly.

Marquis Palmer, who helped organize the rally says this trend has to stop and its up to all Americans to organize and make it stop, and justice is needed for young men like Michael Brown, Walter Washington and Trayvon Martin.

Palmer added that while he doesn't agree with the rioting in Ferguson, it is a reaction to the trend that's happening all too often in America.