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Atlantans protest for Ferguson

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Around two dozen protesters gathered in downtown Atlanta on Friday afternoon. Their message: police are killing too many young, black men.

"They use excessive force," said Anna Jackson, one of the protesters.

Jackson is from Ferguson, MO, where a white police officer is accused of gunning down a black teen. Violence broke out around Ferguson following the killing.

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Earlier on Friday, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said six-year veteran Darren Wilson is the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The police chief also said that the Wilson did not know about the robbery at a gas station prior to incident with Brown that lead to his death.

Police released documents alleging that Michael Brown had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

The protesters in Atlanta chanted "Hands up, guns down." Some carried signs and wore T-shirts with the words "We Support Ferguson."

Jackson said until something changes, she will continue to make her voice heard.

"The community there is my community, and I know there are good people there, and I have to fight for my sons and my grandsons, and I encourage everyone to come out and do the same," said Jackson.

Meanwhile, a U.S. Congressman from Georgia says Main Street is no place for military weapons and armored vehicles.

Representative Hank Johnson wants to limit what type of military surplus is handed over to local law enforcers.

Through military surplus distributions, local law enforcement have picked up everything from small tool kits, to armored vehicles, to helicopters.

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