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    Posted August 18, 2014 by
    Saint Louis, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Black Lives Matter protests (2014)

    aystacy and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Your view of police brutality protests
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    Before The Sun Goes Down


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Before gun fire and tear gas flew in Sunday night’s violent clash between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, there were peaceful protests that same afternoon. St. Louis resident Stacy Ochoa-Luna watched as people of many views came together to protest, chant and pray. She described the mood as “tense but peaceful.”

    “It's hard to see my city being displayed to the world in this manner,” Ochoa-Luna said. “I am seeing friends argue because their opinions of this case are opposite. I'm hoping that this doesn't tear communities apart and lead to more segregation.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    In the last 10 days, Ferguson has been the main focus around the world and may continue to be for some time. During the day, the protests bring out all walks of life, most of them peaceful. Here are several different scenes from Sunday, August 17th, 2014.

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