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Hundreds gather for peace, unity in Spokane after shootings

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Hundreds gathered at the Spokane County Courthouse to remember the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were the two black men killed this week, and the five police officers in Dallas who were gunned down.

Emotions ran high as speakers talked about their thoughts of the past week, urging the community to stand in solidarity and find a solution to end this violence.

“I'm committed to fight until we're black and blue in a peaceful way,” says Kitara Johnson.

Johnson is the mother of four African American sons, and she volunteers with Spokane Police.

“I feel that I'm on both sides of the issue as the mother of four African American sons. It's heart wrenching on both sides so I feel like we have to be both black and blue to make this thing right,” she says.

She urged the crowd to get rid of the word "but" from their language, and used “and.”

“Black lives matter and all lives matter,” she says.

Organizers and speakers saying the best way to drive out hate is with love.

“That’s the only way that we can do it,” she says.

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