Dumont's Autumn Brooks, second from right, leads chants during Saturday's rally for alleged abuse victims of the Idaho Springs Police Department. (Corinne Westerman, CCM)

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Clark Zimmerman was waiting in a drive-thru line when he heard that his grandfather Michael Clark had been hospitalized after an incident with Idaho Springs police.

Flustered and panicked, Zimmerman immediately went to the hospital. He waited by Clark’s bed as he suffered a stroke and other health complications.

While he’s out of the hospital now, Michael Clark still needs 24-hour care, his family confirmed.

“It’s a terrible situation,” Zimmerman said. “I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

Zimmerman, his family members, county residents, and others held a rally at Citizens Park on Oct. 9 for the alleged abuse victims of the Idaho Spring Police Department. About 20 protesters held signs and yelled chants calling for an independent investigation into the department and justice for its alleged victims.

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