Published: Aug 17, 2014 3:49 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2014 10:36 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - As protests continue in Ferguson, Mo., families in southwest Florida came together to show support.


Dozens of people came to the Naples Pier Sunday evening, hoping their message and cries for peace would be heard across the nation.


Occupy Naples teamed up with the Collier County chapter of the NAACP and several area churches to send their thoughts and prayers to Ferguson.


"I'm here to support justice for Mike Brown," said Clary Alevy, a member of Occupy Naples.


It's been just over a week since Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after allegedly robbing a store.  Brown was unarmed.


"Msympathy goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Brown, mother and father of Mike Brown," said Harold Weeks, president of the Collier County NAACP chapter.  "It was a useless death of a young man."


"To me this feels like lynching.  This feels like Jim Crowe.  This feels like even before the Civil Rights movement," said Cynthia Odierna, another member of Occupy.  "It's really upsetting."

Ralliers in Naples read names of those who died at the hands of law enforcement officers, including Brown's, in a call for change.

"We need massive changes to racial profiling," Alevy said.  "There are various laws in effect right now, such as Stand Your Ground, and things like that.  And we need demilitarization of police.  They should go back to protecting and serving, and not murdering."


Sunday's demonstration remained peaceful.