INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- After a week in which two African American men were killed by police—one in Tulsa, the other in Charlotte—activists in Indianapolis spent Saturday afternoon calling for change.
“Hopefully the police department will see it and decide they need to make some changes in transparency,” said Rekia Boyd, a protest organizer.
Starting at City Market, the demonstrators marched around downtown, stopping at a police substation and then making their way back to the city county building--all the while protesting what they say is the systemic targeting of African Americans by police.
“You’re joining something, you’re a part of something,” said Barbara Brown, who marched with the protesters, “you’re a part of a movement.”
While impassioned, the march stayed peaceful as police officers close by kept eyes on the event. Demonstrators in the crowd say in light of what happened this week in Tulsa and Charlotte, this march was a good way to show unity.
“I thought it was great,” said Stephanie Dayton, who was among the demonstrators, “I thought it was just a great show of support for people in our community.”
At this point, marches like these are nothing new, having become commonplace in cities across the country. Despite that, the people at the march say demonstrations like this can still have an impact.
“I think it can maybe spread exposure to what’s going on and engage local communities on this issue,” said Dayton.
Organizers say in the near future they’d like to meet face to face with the leadership of IMPD to outline their concerns. In the meantime, they plan on holding more rallies like this in the future.