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Protest against police brutality in Iowa City

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Thursday night, Iowans took part in the national conversation about the racial divide in the country.

More than 200 protesters gathering in front of the Pentacrest in Iowa City.

A peaceful protest, but one that was full of emotions.

"This movement is about speaking out against the treatment that has been happening for decades in this country to black people," said one speaker.

Young, old, black, white, Asian, people of all backgrounds gathering Thursday night.

"We need to support the people of color in our lives. We need to interrupt racism at every turn because if we are not, we are accepting it," said Iowa City resident Sarah Hunnicutt.

Racism, a divide in our nation and one that apparently led to the deadliest night for police officers since 9-11.

"I don't feel like all police are bad and we should be violent. I don't agree with that," said Felicia Nocentelli-Franklin who spoke at the protest.

 But Franklin asked that the acts of police violence aren't ignored.

"This affects all of us. Why aren't you outraged? You all should be outraged because this is not right," said Franklin.

 On a day when funerals are being held for Dallas Police officers and Minnesota victim Philando Castile, is it insensitive to hold a protest?

 "I don't think so, I think that a protest can be a voice of support and that is what we are trying to do. We are supporting all the people who died needlessly, but I don't think it is inappropriate," said Hunnicutt.

 Franklin telling KWWL she hopes the peaceful protest inspires Iowans of any color to stop and get to know the stranger next to them.

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