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After Strip protest turns violent, organizers hold peaceful meeting

Organizers of a Sunday protest — which turned violent when a passer-by appeared to take a protester to the ground — held a peaceful gathering Monday.

The meeting occurred in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue near the intersection of Carey Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. About 35 people attended.

Stretch Sanders, the founder and president of All Shades United, called for the meeting to bring awareness to what he says are longstanding policing problems within the community.

Specifically, the group aimed to bring awareness to the death of Tashii Brown, who died after he was stunned with a Taser seven times, punched and placed in an unauthorized chokehold for more than a minute by a Las Vegas police officer earlier this month. The officer involved, Kenneth Lopera, is on paid leave while the death is being investigated.

Monday’s meeting was planned before Sunday’s protest. Sanders opened the meeting to questions by both community members and news media, but he would not address anything that happened at the protest the day before, when several people were cited or arrested on the Strip.

At least seven police cars were stationed behind a nearby building at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. No arrests were made.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

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