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Teen's shooting in Ferguson causes concerns in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The growing tensions following the Missouri shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown are causing outrage right here in our area.

The images unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri are striking a chord locally.

"Tired, fed up, frustrated," Ratwoine Fields said.

The 23 year old saw the aftermath following Michael Brown's shooting and felt a connection.

"I see, I've noticed, I heard stories about people who have lived the police brutality, lived the lack of protocol, lived the mass incarceration, lived the murders," he said.

Now he's organizing a peaceful rally - helping bring Richmond together to reflect on lives lost after confrontations with police.

The drama in Missouri - reminds many of the violent confrontation in Petersburg earlier this year. A mother and son were convicted of assault and obstructing justice after a teen recorded cell phone video of officers from his front porch. Within the past few days, there's been a spike of views online and shares on Facebook. This as the tensions in Ferguson have led to numerous protests – many of which have turned violent.

"When people show up in riot gear with tear gas and dogs then you get a reaction on the part of the protestors…Not to say that they shouldn't be out...but in these cases there probably needs to be a much different approach," said University of Richmond professor Dr. Andrea Simpson.

Especially, she says, since Brown's death follows a series of similar scenarios.

"Oscar Grant at Fruitville Station…We have this one. We have Ezell Ford. We have Eric Garner who just a few weeks ago died during a choke hold…I think this is a tipping point," she said.

One that finds Central Virginia uniting in peaceful assembly.

"This is just a first step, a commemoration and then the next step would be the education and to see how we can start changing local and national policies," Fields said.

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