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"Million Moms March" draws crowds, from Madison to Washington, D.C.

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(WKOW) -- On Saturday, mothers from around the country gathered for a rally in Washington, D.C., called the "Million Moms March".

The group marched to the United States Justice Department, hoping to draw attention to their children's stories: those who have been killed during interactions with police.

The mother of Dontre Hamilton helped organized the event in the nation's capitol.  Her son was shot 14 times by an officer in Milwaukee in 2014.

"This is something that had to be done.  Just sitting at home, talking about how bad it is, wasn't going to stop it," said Maria Hamilton.  She says she plans to head back to Washington every year until she feels justice has been served.

In Madison, people gathered downtown to support the mothers marching 800 miles away.  Tony Robinson's friends and family joined clergy in prayer outside the Dane County Courthouse.  Robinson was shot and killed by a Madison Police officer in March.

There was also a rally on the steps of the State Capitol, where demonstrators made signs and decorated hearts for mothers who lost children in officer-involved shootings.

Tony Robinson's grandmother, Sharon Irwin, was at both Madison events, calling for greater unity throughout the community.  "We are one race.  We are the human race.  If we don't get it together, we're going to fall together," said Irwin.

Organizers of the Madison gatherings say the marches and vigils will continue as they await the Dane County District Attorney's decision on the death of Tony Robinson.

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