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‘Say her identify’: Durham residents protest in aftermath of Breonna Taylor determination

Cries of “Say her identify, Breonna Taylor!” rang exterior the Durham police division headquarters, the place greater than 100 protesters, wearing black, congregated in entrance of the constructing. 

“No justice, no peace! Abolish the police!” they chanted. 

Some clutched cardboard indicators, whereas others carried a big material banner that learn: “Cops and Klan go hand in hand.” A couple of ft away was the phrase “DEFUND,” blocked in giant yellow letters with arrows pointing to the police headquarters. Within the distance, crimson and blue lights from two police automobiles punctured the darkish. 

The Wednesday evening protest got here after the information {that a} grand jury had indicted only one of three Louisville law enforcement officials concerned within the deadly taking pictures of Breonna Taylor in March. That officer was charged with wanton endangerment for firing right into a neighboring condo. Protests have sprung up throughout the nation, from Portland to Manhattan.

The Durham protest started round 7:45 p.m. on the metropolis’s important plaza. Because the group marched from the plaza to Metropolis Corridor, an individual with a megaphone led them in chanting and a helicopter circled above.

Many of the protesters marched on foot, holding indicators that learn, “Prison justice is a lie” and “We preserve us protected.” Others cycled. Within the rear of the group, some protesters pulled trash cans, building cones or electrical scooters from the sidewalk to impede visitors. 

Police automobiles trailed the protesters, however officers by no means obtained shut. After the protesters moved on, officers may very well be seen eradicating the objects from the highway. 

A police officer clears an electric scooter blocking the roadway left behind by protesters.
Henry Haggart

A police officer clears an electrical scooter blocking the highway, left behind by protesters, on Wednesday evening.

Round 8:20 p.m., the protesters had made it previous metropolis corridor and neared the police headquarters. They handed the massive yellow letters on the road that spelled “FUND,” pointing to the Durham County Human Companies constructing. 

On the headquarters, the protesters continued chanting and milling about in entrance of the constructing. Behind them, households popped out of their homes to file the scene on their telephones. A bunch of 5 young children huddled collectively as they pointed and stared. 

Ultimately the protesters left, transferring within the route of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. 

A couple of folks wore inexperienced hats as a substitute of black clothes. These had been volunteer authorized observers from the Nationwide Legal professionals Guild, a progressive bar affiliation that seeks to doc interactions between police and protesters and to offer authorized safety to the latter. 

Each protesters and police remained peaceable all through the night. Some within the group often stopped to hammer on storefronts, typically leaving shattered glass. 

Olisa Corcoran, 52, stated she joins protests at any time when she sees helicopters circling within the sky—a telltale signal {that a} protest is going on. Protesting provides her hope that change is feasible via a united effort, she stated.

“It is lots of people that really feel the identical approach. There’s some consolation in seeing different those who really feel such as you do. As a result of many of the messages are that it’s totally divided,” she stated.

Protesters marching by Durham City Hall on Wednesday night. 
Henry Haggart

Protesters march by Durham Metropolis Corridor on Wednesday evening. 

It wasn’t simply Black individuals who turned out Wednesday evening, she famous: “Look out right here, tons of white folks yelling.” 

Corcoran stated she’s not apprehensive about catching the coronavirus whereas protesting, and neither is she apprehensive about broken property.

“Folks pulling down, breaking stuff, I don’t care,” she stated. “That’s a lot much less necessary than the remainder of the world.” 


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