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Coalition gives defund the police demands to Cedar Falls and UNI

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - Around thirty protesters supported the march to 'defund the police' for Cedar Falls Public Safety and UNI Campus Police.

Leading the protest was Racial and Ethnic Coalition, an organization who spoke out during UNI President Mark Nook's address on campus diversity concerns in 2019.

The movement for Racial and Ethnic Coalition focused on the defunding of Cedar Falls Public Safety and UNI campus police.

The march was two miles long, with Cedar Falls public safety and UNI campus police guiding the way. The stopping point was President Nook's house on UNI campus.

UNI Senior, Marlon Jackson, spoke to the crowd on the steps of the home. Jackson saying there needs to be accountability within law enforcement.

"Let's make sure those personnel on the street are doing what they are trained for, and also lets make sure everybody else in the community has the resources to adjust," Jackson said.

Former UNI student, Jacob Potter-Lynch graduated this past May. Potter-Lynch now applies to be a teacher. He hopes if defunding occurs, it goes back to Iowa education.

"If they don't have money for teachers there's an issue there. So it's not stop funding the police, it's defund the police and start funding things that are more positive for the community," Potter-Lynch said.

President Nook was not present when the protesters reached the on-campus house. The Racial and Ethnic coalition denied interviews with media outlets.

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