INDIANAPOLIS, IND (August 18, 2014)-- A group of local protesters are back in Indianapolis after hitting the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
Some of the protests have been violent, with police spraying tear gas into large crowds and using force to disperse people.
A group of strangers from Indianapolis were frustrated with the conflict, so they decided to take their message to Ferguson.
"I shouldn't just complain and not do something about it," said local protester Cassandra Gray.
Cassandra, and a group of nine strangers met on social media and organized the trip last week.
They made signs and walked the streets to voice their frustration about policing and race. The group also brought water and snacks for the other protesters.
"In Ferguson, they are peacefully protesting and I don't think the course of action that's being held against them is correct," said Gray
Leah Humphrey says she didn't see any violence when they were there, but friends who also made the trip were tear-gassed by police.
"The people in Ferguson are not violent. Yes, they are angry, but they are not after the police," said Humphrey.
"As complex as law enforcement is, I think IMPD is willing to sit down and talk and work it out before it gets to the level of other places," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Hite says Indianapolis has the ability to call in other agencies and resources if necessary, but hopes the community building efforts to this point will be enough to prevent a conflict from reaching a hostile level.
"You want to make sure you have support, you want sure they are with you before an event occurs. You want to have enough chips in the bank and dialogues and discussions with people that they feel comfortable standing with you," said Chief Hite.