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Protesters march in Spokane following Ferguson decision

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Ferguson protesters rally and march in Spokane. Ferguson protesters rally and march in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

As protests continue across the country, people in Spokane are now getting involved.

Ferguson, Mo., is nearly 2,000 miles away, but more than 200 people showed up in front of Spokane City Hall Tuesday night.

They chanted "hands up, don't shoot" and "no justice, no peace, no racist police." Many people said they were there to help put an end to racism and police brutality. Others used the demonstration as a way to show support for uniting the community and the country.

"In support of the Brown family," said Cedric Bradley, a member of the NAACP. "They're going through heartache right now. We just want them to know from the west coast that we feel their pain."

Protestors held a "die-in." Five people laid down on the sidewalk as their loved ones outlined their bodies in chalk; including one of the organizers, Rachel Dolezal and her two sons.

"Ever since Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman went free," Dolezal said, "It's a real reminder of the risks my sons face every day."

Dolezal said Tuesday night's demonstration was in solidarity with black families nationwide against deaths by police. Her eldest son, 20-year-old Izaiah stood by her.

"It's frustrating in 2014 that we have to do this at all," he said. "But it's comforting to know that there's people that support and there are people that believe in this as well."

While protestors marched through downtown Spokane, they carried signs reading "Black Lives Matter." They also held pictures of black people killed in officer involved shootings. But the protest wasn't just about race.

"It's really important to me that everyone be treated equal," said protestor Linda McHenry. "It's not just a black issue... it's a black issue, it's a white issue -- I'm an old white woman, you know? I would be afraid, if I see cop lights in my rear view mirror, I'm not going to pull over until I'm someplace where people are, you just never know."

Another protestor, Byron Blunt, says his goal is to help stop racism. He told us he experienced police brutality a year and a half ago.

"It could have been worse though," he said."I could be not standing here telling you this. It just has to stop across America. No matter what color, size, creed, whatever."

Blunt's message against police brutality nationwide was of course a unifying message among protesters in downtown Spokane Tuesday night.

As Spokane Police sat and watched from nearby, fortunately all of the demonstrations remained peaceful.

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