The crowd gathered on the historic North Common near Town Hall
They formed a large circle and interlocked hands and arms
The demonstration on the Amherst Town Common to protest two recent killings of black men by police was planned before the horrific events of last night, where five Dallas police officers were murdered in cold blood.
Amilcar Shabazz being interviewed by local TV station
The peaceful event this evening drew a large crowd of nearly 200 participants of every age, gender, and ethnicity.
Prominent local black activists addressed the somber gathering from inside the circle and Trevor Baptiste asked them to pray for ALL the victims of senseless violence this week both black and white.
Kathleen Anderson, Amilcar Shabazz, Trevor Baptiste
Amherst police presence was practically non existent, although a Massachusetts State Police helicopter ambled around the common a few times low and slow before leaving the scene.
MSP Air 1
Meanwhile the main town flag on the common is flying at half staff for the next five days at Governor Baker's order, "in honor of the five fallen officers in Dallas, TX."