NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of peaceful protesters in New Haven marched against police violence Sunday afternoon.
Protesters marched through downtown chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police”, “Black Lives Matter”, and “If we don’t get it? Shut it down!” in the wake of the recent killings of unarmed Black men – most recently Duante Wright in Minnesota and Adam Toledo in Chicago – by police.
The crowd called for the officers in each respective shooting death to be held accountable.
The anger and frustration boiling over as protesters marched calling for police accountability and reform.
Abdul Osmanu, a protester, told News 8, “We have the dual pandemic: what we have going on, and police violence terrorizing our communities and it’s time to make a stand against it…Whether you have it in Chicago or Minnesota or you have instances in New Haven and throughout the state of Connecticut, it’s tough to see people that look like you, people that you could easily be in community with fall victim to this violence.”
Hundreds marched from City Hall to Yale Police headquarters to share raw emotion and to support community members who themselves have said they feel unsafe in their own communities.
Protesters also took a knee for 8:46 min to represent the amount of time George Floyd was under the knee of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
Floyd ultimately died following the encounter. Chauvin is on trial for his murder.
Many at Sunday’s protest are calling for the abolishment of policing in hopes of reimagining public safety.
Kasey Hancock, a protester, said, “All we can do is to continue to pressure legislators to actually take action. Obviously, there is an urgent need. It’s become more and more apparent.”
Something community members say ultimately has to change: “We have continued to lose loved ones, friends, family, and classmates to police violence,” said Councilman Justin Farmer (D-5-Hamden).
“My hope is to have a society where we have our empowered Black communities that don’t have to live in fear of being victim to police violence, that don’t have to grow in fear of violence or be in situations that often lead to police violence,” Osmanu added”