Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, to call for justice for victims of police shootings. The march, organized by Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, was called to protest the grand jury decisions in the cases of Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, as well as others who have died at the hands of police.
The Huffington Post says that the crowd began gathering at Freedom Plaza in Washington at about 10:30 a.m. By noon, the report says, there were several thousand people who had gathered. CBS News reports that the marchers numbered over 10,000. The group then set out on a three mile march down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol, where a rally was held.
According to CNN, the protest included people of all races and ages. The protest was peaceful, and, according to CNN’s report, included at least one police officer; a police chief from Massachusetts. Also attending were the families of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and other victims of violence whose killers were not punished.
In the group was Kadiatou Diallo, whose son, Amadou Diallo was shot 41 times by New York City police in 1999, while standing in the doorway of his apartment building. Police opened fire on Diallo as he reached for his wallet to show them his identification. Kadiatou Diallo held up a Time magazine cover featuring her son, and said,
Today, 15 year later, we are standing together and demanding the same thing [justice].Think about that for a moment. Think about all the young men taken from us.
According to Reuters, march organizer Al Sharpton said before the protest:
We need more than just talk. We need legislative action that will shift things both on the books and in the streets.
Another march for justice was scheduled to begin in New York City at 2 p.m. Early reports indicate that the crowd in that march also numbered over 10,000.
Here’s a report, from CNN:
Photo courtesy Kate Sheppard/The Huffington Post