Missouri Protests Spark Reaction in the Valley

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- One group in Harrisonburg is taking a stand against police brutality. The group of people is sending a message to Harrisonburg and the nation. They're against the violence Ferguson, and they're on a mission to make sure it doesn't happenhere.

"It is a little bit scary, you know, it could happen anywhere. It's just not in Missouri, it's in Virginia, it's everywhere," said Alex Arey, who attended the event.

Arey lives in Harrisonburg. He's shocked every time he hears news about the violence in Ferguson, MO. Even through this riot for Michael Brown in Missouri is miles away, Arey worries about the Valley.

"I hope it doesn't happen anywhere around here and that's why we're out here, making sure people understand that it can happen in Harrisonburg,' said Jason Kubin, the event organizer, ''we need to stop meeting this violence with violence and that we need to start taking up other ways to solve our issues."

Kubin organized the rally held on Aug. 17 at Court Square. He says it's all about opening the lines of communication between the public and police.

He says that communication is key to preventing riots in Missouri from happening here.

"It's scary for all of us, and we want to be able to enjoy our law enforcement officers and be able to engage them in any kind of communication and conversation and not have to fear them or they fear us," said Kubin.

That's something that gives Arey hope.

"It makes me feel better that there is a small minority of people here in this area that really do care about our rights and protecting those rights," said Arey.

He's hoping he'll never have to see a case like this again.

Kubin says he plans to hold another rally later this year and hopes for a bigger turnout.

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