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    Posted August 20, 2014 by
    Ferguson, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Black Lives Matter protests (2014)

    jojohnson and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Your view of police brutality protests
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    Ferguson Today Wednesday 8-20-2014


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jojohnson took photos of people showing pride and cleaning up West Florissant Avenue on August 20. The site is where protesting has been happening daily in Ferguson for about two weeks. The 33 year resident of Florissant, Missouri, says she has marched for Michael Brown during the daytime. "It is peaceful and no one really televises that side of it as much as the late night violence," she said. Although protesting has lightened compared to the past few days, she says she will continue supporting the Michael Brown cause. "We stay out there because we are law abiding citizens that have grown up stereotyped, profiled and harassed and have grown to accept it because it has just never changed," she said. "So many people don't know their own worth because no one has ever told them of it."
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    West Florissant was pretty quiet today, mostly media and police force. It will never fail though to here the ever comforting (at this point) "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" from those that seem to be MOST rocked by this even, those who live in Canfield Apartments or friends and family of Mr. Mike Brown. Those faces that I see EVERY SINGLE DAY that march and DON'T STOP because they will be arresting for standing and protesting. They don't stop for Mr. Mike Brown, they don't stop for themselves, they don't stop for their sons and nephews and you have heard all of this over and over in the past 11 days because it is the same thing we are all saying. I could go on forever telling you about my Ferguson, my broken heart, my "people" that are looking at Ferguson from the behind the Blue Lines side. I could tell you about my march on West Florissant, my thoughts on how I feel personally but don't we all have a personal feeling about the issue. So what! I stood and spoke with Rev. Jesse Jackson? So what! I discussed this with Anderson Cooper at the corner of West. Florissant and Ferguson Ave.? Justice has to be the one to prevail. Justice has to be handed down the same way it would be for me and you if we killed someone in a manner that was full of rage. Every person on that street knows if not for a POST Certification, granting the right to police the street, that man would have been charged, booked and bonded by now.

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