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Protest over Ferguson shooting planned in Kalamazoo Saturday


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A peaceful protest is scheduled for Kalamazoo today to coincide with protests in Ferguson, Missouri and around the nation following the shooting death of an unarmed black male by a police officer.

It will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 2 p.m.

It follows the release of store surveillance video that shows the young man, identified as Michael Brown robbing a convenience store of a box of expensive cigars and shoving a store clerk just minutes before his confrontation with officer Darren Wilson.

Brown's family claims there is no proof that the man seen in the video is Michael.  It set off another wave of protests in Ferguson last night, but no violence.

Kalamazoo Chief Jeff Hadley says the shooting of an unarmed teen by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri is tragic but could happen anywhere. Hadley says his goal is to build relations with the minority community to avoid the kind of tension that can result from such tragedies.

Last year the department was stunned that an independent study found racial profiling was taking place in Kalamazoo, and they have been working on efforts to improve relations, and end the profiling. 

He admits they aren’t perfect, but they are trying.