Demonstrators Across U.S. Protest an 'Epidemic' of Police Brutality

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On October 22nd, hundreds of demonstrators across the United States took to the streets to protest against police brutality.

According to The Huffington Post, organizers of this protest feel police brutality has become an epidemic. Protests took place in several major cities on Tuesday including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

“The Call for the 18th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation is to bring forward the united, powerful, visual coalition of families victimized by police terrorism and to reach into all parts of our community," read a statement on the coalitions' website.

The Huffington Post reported that police departments have stated that that they do not institutionally target people of color and they carefully investigate claims of police brutality.

"Police view all blacks and Latinos as criminals that are allowed to be either stopped and frisked here in New York," one New York City protestor told Press TV. "In LA, ... three or more black or brown youth standing together are considered a gang with no rights and are allowed to be rounded up."

Demonstrators' hope is that one day they will no longer have to protest against police brutality, but rather take October 22nd to celebrate the fact that it's all over.

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