On Friday night, the “Black Lives Matter” chanting was heard again in downtown Durham and Raleigh, and people accused police of colored youths across the country from shooting.
The rally was less than the rally that passed through Durham and Raleigh last May after George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police.
Dozens of people gathered outside Raleigh’s executive mansion before marching down the downtown streets.
“People are dying and the governor needs to deal with it,” said Vicki Brent, an 18-year-old student at Millbrook High School.
In Durham, more than 100 people gathered on the corner of Dillard and Mangum streets near the courthouse.
Among them was Caleb Graves, 23, a Baptist minister studying at Duke Theological Seminary. He said the country came out because of problems with institutional racism.
“People in color are disproportionately affected, and it’s a sin,” Graves said.
The protests were partly due to two recent incidents in which two white police officers, 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and 20-year-old Dantelite on the outskirts of Minneapolis in Brooklyn Center, killed a young colored man. I was prompted. The Durham marches also called attention to the death of Jida Peterson. A black transgender woman found dead in a hotel room in Charlotte April 4th.
Chicago police officers fired a bullet that killed Toledo early in the morning of March 29. Police officers chase Toledo into the alley in response to reports of the shooting, and prosecutors carry him.
A video from a policeman’s body camera released Thursday shows that Toledo stopped, turned, and raised his empty hand when the policeman fired. Police say they found the gun a few feet away. Toledo was a 7th grader at Gary Elementary School.
Wright was killed by a single shot from one of the three police officers who pulled him because his registration had expired and something was hanging from his rear-view mirror. Police officers later learned that Wright had a prominent warrant for not appearing in court.
After getting out of the car for the first time, Wright wrestled with the police and tried to drive the car. A 26-year veteran at the police station, Officer Kimberly Ampotter threatened to “make fun of” Wright with a stun gun, but actually fired one shot from her pistol.
Potter and the city police chief resigned two days later. The next day, Potter was charged with manslaughter.
Dante Mobley, a student at Enro High School, said he had joined Raleigh’s protest to demand justice.
“Justice is Adam Toledo of living breathing,” he said. “Justice is a living breathing dawn territe.”
With a loudspeaker, Millbrook student Brent told Raleigh’s crowd that the goal of the protest, and others like it, was to fight white supremacism.
“This is not just a police issue,” she said. “It’s an American problem.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.