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Waterloo Residents Plan ‘Non-Violent Demonstration' after Michael Brown Shooting

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    August 16, 2014 | 9:39 am

    WATERLOO, Iowa — Waterloo is the latest Eastern Iowa community planning to protest the shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager.

    Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer a week ago, in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, that community has erupted with protests, many saying the shooting was unjust.

    In Waterloo, organizers are calling their event a “non-violent demonstration” to show solidarity and speak out against police brutality nationwide.

    “If we don’t do this, it’s just a matter of time before it gets worse, before people are angry with each other and not even know the reason they’re angry with each other,” said one of the organizers, Belinda Creighton-Smith.

    The “Public Demonstration of Solidarity” will be at Waterloo’s Sullivan Park, Saturday afternoon at 2:00. Participants are asked to wear red arm bands to show support for the teenage victim’s family.

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