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Longview NAACP to host forum after chaos in Ferguson

Protestors are still not satisfied with the way Ferguson police are handling the shooting of Michael Brown. Protestors are still not satisfied with the way Ferguson police are handling the shooting of Michael Brown.
Protestors are still not satisfied with the way Ferguson police are handling the shooting of Michael Brown. Protestors are still not satisfied with the way Ferguson police are handling the shooting of Michael Brown.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Protestors are still not satisfied with the way Ferguson police are handling the shooting of Michael Brown.

“He put his hands into the air, being compliant, and still got shot down like a dog," said Piaget Crenshaw, an eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting.

Police released surveillance video and named Brown as one of two suspects in a convenience store robbery that happened just moments before the Sunday night shooting.

"These officers are trained to follow the escalation of the force. Once his hands go up that's a complete de-escalation of any force that he should be using at that point and he should have followed the threat that was there which is none when your hands are in the air," said Anthony Gray, an attorney for the Browns.

Longview NAACP President Branden Johnson says Brown's shooting could have happened anywhere.

"The Mike Brown incident in Ferguson is not the only one. We have little Fergusons right here in East Texas," Johnson said.

But instead of taking to the streets to protest, he is taking to the classroom with a program called Life in Longview.

The bi-monthly panel series educates people on the right way to respond to law enforcement in situations like a traffic stop.

"Perhaps putting your hands on the dashboard when the officer approaches the car so both hands are visible it makes them comfortable and its also really hard for him to say you had anything in your hands," Johnson said.

Or an arrest.

"Certainly things you don't do is argue, arguing on the street is not the place for it. If you're being detained please don't offer any force," Johnson said.

Johnson says education is important, but avoiding criminal activity, especially during a protest, is something everyone needs to practice.

Johnson says the Life in Longview program will happen in the next 45 days and will continue every two months.

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