Rally held in Phoenix in respons to deadly police shootings

PHOENIX - Dozens of people in Phoenix braved the heat on Saturday to rally against police brutality.

It was in response to two recent deadly police shootings.

The first one happened last weekend when a teen was shot and killed by a police officer in Missouri . Michael Brown had allegedly just stolen a box of cigars before being confronted by police.

The second happened in the Valley on Thursday when police say a woman tried to charge at an officer with a hammer . Michelle Cusseaux died of her wounds.

There has been strong reaction in the Valley to both of these shootings.

During today’s rally outside Phoenix City Hall, they wanted everyone to know when it comes to police and excessive use of force, this is not about race.

They say it’s an issue that affects everyone.

“United in Red” gathered in downtown Phoenix to build unity and raise awareness. Everyone who attended wore red.

“Red represents courage, red represents passion, red represents anger, but at the end of the day, people talk about this is a black thing, this is about race, we all bleed red,"  said Lauryn Mangum.

They want to change policy across the nation when it comes to excessive use of force.

They want tougher penalties for police officers who pull the trigger.

And they also want law enforcement in every city to wear cameras because it creates more accountability and protection.

Following this week’s Valley case, the group wants to see more funding for mental illness and situational training for police.

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