More than 150 activists marched from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to the King County Juvenile Detention Center on 12th Ave. in Seattle during a demonstration for police accountability. Activists took to the streets, stopping at several intersections along the way for moments of silence and speak outs. Support was shown as the protest marched down Rainier Ave. as people put their fists up or raised hands in a sign of solidarity.
From the Facebook event page…
“We, as young people, have chosen to come forth and call out the many inequalities within the current Criminal Justice System. This system has blatantly devalued, dehumanized, and dismissed people of color. The Black and African American Community in the United States have especially been targeted. We are outraged with this systemic failure.
To not act is an injustice within itself. As citizens we need to step up and no longer allow law enforcement to abuse their power. The current state of the Criminal Justice System has increased persecution of Black and African American people. We will no longer tolerate the mistreatment, lack of support, and denied opportunities for this community.
We are addressing these issues through peaceful protests, unifying actions, and productive dialogues. We invite law enforcement, elected officials, and community members to join the movement towards police accountability.
In order to ensure 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 deface/destroy city or private property
• Do NOT move city or private property
If you do not follow these guidelines you will be asked to stop. If your actions continue you will be asked to leave.
Peace & Love,
Women of Color for Systemic Change
Black Lives Matter.” – Protest for Police Accountability
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Black Lives Matter activsts march through Seattle’s Central District in protest for police accountability