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Protesters Rally for Michael Brown in Dallas



    Protesters Rally for Michael Brown in Dallas

    A peaceful protest was held Wednesday hoping to prevent a situation like the one in Ferguson, Mo., from coming to Dallas (Published Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)

    Peaceful protesters gathered together Wednesday in Downtown Dallas demanding justice.

    "We want justice, we want justice," chanted the crowd of about 100 people at Main Street Garden Park.

    It was a cry spawned by the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.

    The rally, called Don't Shoot Dallas, was organized by Shawn Cotton, who has friends in Ferguson who knew Brown.

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    "To hear that he got shot six times and he was unarmed, that's sad," said Cotton.

    Jonathan Copeland came to the rally with his 8-year-old son, wearing matching T-shirts that read, "Don't Shoot."

    "I feel like what went on in Ferguson with Mike Brown is a tragedy," said Copeland.

    The violence that has erupted in Ferguson has caught worldwide attention. Many who gathered at the Don't Shoot Dallas rally said they want to prevent that same type of violence from hitting home in North Texas.

    "I think tearing up your own community, I don't think it's really acceptable," said Copeland. "But I can really understand where those people are coming from down in Ferguson because they're angry. They're upset. That was one of them."