Ferguson Wants Peace Instead of Protests, but Anger Still Simmers
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|It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri. More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents. Rasheen Aldridge, a 20-year-old student and activist from St. Louis who serves on a newly created Ferguson Commission task force, said more change is needed. Aldridge, who is one of roughly 500 protesters facing criminal charges, said "The politicians just want to move on. They say they are going to do this and that. But there is no healing yet." Derek Laney, an activist with Hands Up United, which has organized demonstrations, said, "They should wipe the slate clean. All of these charges are a tactic to intimidate and to complicate our lives."
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