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Waterloo residents demand justice in Ferguson

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Dozens of people gathered at Sullivan Park in Waterloo on Saturday afternoon to rally for justice in Ferguson.

Together, they held hands and prayed for peace not only in Ferguson, but in their own neighborhoods.

"What impacts one person should impact all of us because if it can happen to them, it can happen to us," said Zorana Wortham-White, who helped organize the event.

People at Saturday's rally said the violence in Ferguson hits close to home.

"I think it can happen anywhere," said Jontay Jordan of Waterloo.

"I don't really think it matters how big or small the town is. It can happen anywhere," he added.

Nineteen year-old Micah White agreed.

"Black people are still getting beaten down for no reason or getting shot at, and then they're not being justified for it," he said.

Organizers of the rally said they hope to hold more rallies in the future.

They also hope other communities will stand up in solidarity with demanding answers and peace out of Ferguson.

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People in Waterloo will hold a non-violent demonstration Saturday at 2 p.m.

It will be held at Sullivan Park in Waterloo in an effort to show support for and be in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, and to speak out against police brutality nationwide.

Organizers say the event will "allow community members to stand united with citizens of Ferguson, MO, who are calling for transparency in the investigative process and swift prosecution of the officer responsible for killing an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown."

Participants are asked to wear red ribbons or red armbands to show commiseration with the family and community devastated by this tragedy.

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