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Some Iowans say Ferguson violence could happen here

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - In response to violence in Ferguson, many have called for a National Moment of Silence on Aug. 14 -- including an event at the Center for Worker Justice in Iowa City at 6 p.m. 

People say the death of Mike Brown, and the violence following it, hits close to home for them.

With protests continuing to take place in Ferguson, Missouri, after an unarmed teenager was killed by police, people across the country are taking notice.

"Someone can get stopped by police and then from that they can be dead," said Alecia Brooks, Coalition for Racial Justice -  Iowa City/Johnson County. "I think it's concerning everywhere, and it should be an issue in Iowa City as well."

At the Coalition's August meeting, members began discussing ways to mark what's happening in Ferguson, hoping to use it as a conversation starter for they what they are problems with local police departments -- citing studies showing more minorities are arrested or pulled over.

"This is an issue that we have discussed in the past," said Brooks. "It's always on our radar about how can we make Iowa City a better area and the surrounding counties in general. How can we make it better as far as the interactions between the community and police?"

Members of the Coalition feel that what's going on in Ferguson could happen anywhere, including here in Iowa.

"You're intimidated by me by the simple fact that I'm a black male," said Henry Harper, Coalition for Racial Justice -  Iowa City/Johnson County. "That's pretty disheartening to deal with on a day-to-day basis. (It's) a thing that white America don't seem to understand."
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