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Local eyewitness accounts from Ferguson

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Two Cincinnatians just got back from Ferguson.
They reached out to several groups including community leaders and Missouri's branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.  Iris Roley has dozens of newspaper clippings and pictures documenting the turmoil Cincinnati faced in 2001.  She and Pastor Damon Lynch recently took these same images to Ferguson, Missouri.

"We walked with them, we talked with them, prayed with them,  We shared with them.  We laid out all of this for them to see that Cincinnati was Ferguson in 2001," said Iris Roley, a community activist. 

"When you talk to somebody who's been through what you're going through, it just gives them some credibility," said Pastor Lynch.

Roley and Pastor Lynch stood with protestors after the shooting death of Timothy Thomas in Cincinnati.  They witnessed the disturbances but said what is happening in Ferguson is much more intense.  They took pictures documenting their trip.

Pastor Lynch said, "In 2001, our police force had cars and horses and shotguns with bean bags and rubber bullets.  Their police force now has armored vehicles, AR-15's.  We felt like we were in some kind of occupied land."
One of the main goals of the visit was also to share Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement.  The document came out of the riots and improved police-community relations.

Both said the experience was a chance to help Ferguson make a change and heal like Cincinnati.

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