Posted 8:37 p.m. MST
By Nico Santos
Ferguson, Mo. is about 1,600 miles from the Desert Southwest, but some locals say it hits just as close to home.
"Not to the degree that we see it in the south, but yes we do see [racial tensions] here," said Alees Langford, a Yuma resident and GED instructor.
Racial tension is an issue we're forced to question, most recently when an officer involved shooting resulted in the death of Michael Brown, a Black 18-year-old man in Ferguson.
"Race relations: We know that continues to be a soft spot for anyone who is not Anglo," said Rev. Alberta Wallace of Yuma United Church of Christ. Rev. Wallace says it’s a conversation that should be on-going. She's concerned about how the community in Ferguson is fighting back, saying a peaceful demonstration would have been more effective.
"When things get this far out of hand, people need to go home and be with their families and let the process be done,” said Rev. Wallace, “Hopefully after that things will calm down."