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Ferguson native asks citizens, officers in his hometown to stop violence, unrest

Ferguson native encourages peace in his hometown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Inside the halls of the Payne Chapel AME Church Sunday, there were prayers and a moment of silence for teenager Michael Brown and his family. 

Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer minutes from his home on August 9.

"It bothers me," Officer Robert Wilson with the Colorado Springs Police Department said. "It bothers me as a police officer and it bothers me as a black man. I would hate to think that law enforcement officers are killing black people just for the sake of killing them."

Protectors of Colorado Springs and those they serve gathered together for a church service, hoping a message of peace and acceptance would resonate in Ferguson, more than 800 miles away.

Dr. Anthony Miller, a native of the St. Louis suburb, can't believe the images of destruction coming from his hometown.

"I'm in disbelief of a neighborhood that I grew up in, that I used to walk to the park to and go the swimming pool, is in utter chaos," Miller said.

Officer Wilson hopes communities across the nation learn from the happenings in Missouri and begin a constructive dialogue between police officers and citizens.

"Anytime there's an allegation of police brutality, it's a black eye for all of us," Wilson said. "We have some citizens here that are distrusting of us. Community is the only reason we exist."

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a second autopsy on Michael Brown. The Department of Justice says that autopsy will take place as soon as possible.

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