As protests thrive around the country, demonstrators in Seattle gathered at Garfield H.S. for a rally and march to the Seattle Police Department headquarters in protest of police brutality. Seattle activists took to the streets after a Ferguson police officer avoided indictment over the death of Mike Brown. After Eric Garner’s killer, an officer with the NYPD, evaded the indictment although recorded video clearly showed a banned choke hold was used and the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
From the event Facebook page…
“We, the youth, are the next generation of this country. We are the voice of the future. If we want to live in a world where people are not afraid of the police we have to continue to protest and fight for change. This event is to help spread awareness about a problem that has been happening in the United States for years. We are tired of people being killed simply because they are black, simply because of who they are. The recent shooting of the Brown family’s child was the last straw. People are angry now. We have to use our anger to fuel this movement. We cannot stop until we see the change that we want.
As a people, we need to stand up and voice our opinions peacefully. No more war, shooting and killing. Please come and show your support. Create signs and invite everyone you know.
As young people, we cannot stay silent. We need to get loud and be heard. Voice your opinions and don’t stop until a proper change comes.
The march will start at Garfield High School and proceed to go to the police headquarters on 5th Avenue. There, we will make sure our voices are heard. We will make sure the police know that we will not stand for their violence. Have your voice be heard. You are not alone.”
More from the event Facebook page…
“Mission Statement: We are here on behalf of the Black Community, in solidarity with Ferguson, in honor of Mike Brown to address through nonviolence, the crisis of police brutality towards the Black Community in order to achieve the short term goal of a fair and just trial for Mike Brown and the long term goal of reconstructing the justice system that has continuously failed the Black Community.
In order to make sure the mission of this protest is accurately portrayed we have come up with some guidelines. They are as follows:
• No violence
• Do NOT touch the police officers
• Do NOT agitate the police officers
• Do NOT deface/destroy city or private property
• Do NOT move city or private property
Please be aware that this protest has been organized to the very last minute in order to ensure that the media, in no way, can skew the actions of the protest or the protesters. If you do not follow these guidelines you will be asked to stop and then you will be asked to leave.
*We are NOT affiliated with any group or organization. We are just a group of people who want to be a part of the progress of change*” – Protest Against Police Brutality