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Ferguson protests come to Sioux Falls

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Another officer-involved shooting in Missouri Tuesday-- just miles from where unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed more than a week ago.

The tension in the community of Ferguson has reached a fever pitch over the past week, with night after night of intense violence between protesters and police.

Just last night -- 74 people were arrested -- including a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor showing her support for Brown.

Law enforcement deployed tear gas and stun grenades to disperse crowds.

"The crowd got agitated and excited again. And once again, it was a criminal element that was within the crowd," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpt. Ron Johnson.

But the protests aren't just in Ferguson -- or Missouri even.

A group of more than 40 people gathered here in Sioux Falls tonight to protest Brown's death.

People from all walks of life stood together - to show their support of Michael Brown.

They had signs saying 'justice' and 'hands up don't shoot.' 

The diverse crowd all shared one similar message.

Night after night of turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri.

As protesters and police clash after an unarmed 18-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer.

People in Sioux Falls took notice and took to our own streets Tuesday night.

"I'm here to show solidarity with what's going on in Ferguson and get people around here to know about it more," said Sioux Falls protester Jonah Zimbelman.

"I'm out here tonight to support my city, even though I'm not there," said St. Louis native Jerrone Holmes.

He moved to Sioux Falls for a better life.

"It's crazy because every time I wake up and go on Facebook and I see all my family and friends and people that I know in St. Louis going through this pain and it hurts my heart that I'm not there to support them. So that's why I came out today, to support them here," Holmes said.

He's not alone.
A few dozen people showed up to show solidarity with Ferguson.
Jayron Rodgers is also from St. Louis.

"It makes me feel a little good. It lets me know that people care. Just because we got people that don't care, that don't mean it should stop other people from caring," said Rodgers.

If they couldn't stand on the street, they still showed their support by honking as they drove by.

Everyone stood for the same message.

"It's important that people that are in charge of protecting you need to be protecting you instead of hurting you," said Zimbelman.

"It isn't about race, it's not about any race at all. It's about police and it's about people, if we can communicate better then things would be much better in life," said Holmes.

A funeral for Michael Brown will be held Monday morning in St. Louis.
Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Al Sharpton will be giving the eulogy.
It's open to the public. 
 
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