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Locals show support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

By Elizabeth Gadley. CREATED Aug 18, 2014

Several demonstrators gathered today on the Las Vegas Strip to protest what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

The demonstrators carried signs that read "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" and "Stop Police Brutality." The protesters told Action News that they were planning to walk from the Fashion Show Mall to the famous Las Vegas sign on the south end of the Strip.

Local demonstrators say that they are marching to support the family of Michael Brown and the protesters in Ferguson. The demonstrators say that topics like police brutality should be discussed everywhere and not just when there has been a shooting or an incident.

The Missouri town has been in an uproar since an unarmed teenager was shot by a local police officer. There have been nightly protests, looting, vandalism and other shootings since the incident more than a week ago.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is traveling to Ferguson on Wednesday in an effort to relieve the unrest that has gripped the community.

President Obama spoke about the situation again on Monday. He once again asked for peace and said that the amount of military-style equipment that police forces used in the first few days of unrest aggravated the situation.

The Missouri National Guard was brought in over the weekend to help local forces and Obama says that their usage also needs to be monitored.

Ferguson will not be under a curfew tonight although a curfew was in place on Saturday and Sunday. Protesters refused to honor the curfew though and at least two people were shot on Sunday night.

In other news, an independent autopsy of 18-year-old Michael Brown revealed that he had been shot twice in the head and four times in the right arm.

Elizabeth Gadley

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Elizabeth Gadley is a general assignment reporter for Action News.