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Waterloo Residents Protest Shooting of Unarmed Missouri Teen

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WATERLOO, Iowa — Around 30 in Waterloo became the latest group of people to protest the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Saturday.

They gathered in Sullivan Park chanting ‘Hands up! Don’t shoot!” The phrase is a reference to Brown, who some witnesses claim had his hands up when he was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a week ago.

Many in attendance at the park were wearing red shirts, ribbons and armbands in support of Brown and his family.

“It’s a mark of solidarity. The bandanna has been a mark of solidarity in the United States for a long time when you are trying to create a movement,” said Annette Lynch, an attendee.

People took turns speaking out against what they said was racially-fueled police brutality more than 230 miles away in Ferguson, and some seen closer to home.

“I see a lot of my black people being harassed the same way that I see what’s going on in Ferguson,” said Danette Seals, a Waterloo resident.

The demonstration came after many similar protests around the country, recently. That includes ones in Iowa City and Des Moines.

Belinda Creighton-Smith, an organizer of the Waterloo gathering, hoped it was a sign of future change.

“Oftentimes we think that our part is insignificant. But, when we come together we can tie up a lion. No matter how huge it may seem, or impossible it may seem. We can do it when we come together,” Creighton-Smith said.

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