Demonstration ends peacefully as protesters demand justice for Breonna Taylor
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester protesters have joined the fight for justice following the decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
On Thursday night, demonstrators gathered near the intersection of Dr. Samuel McCree Way and Jefferson Avenue as they did during protests over the death of Daniel Prude. They remained there for several hours before marching to the Public Safety Building.
Wednesday a grand jury decided not to charge any of the three officers directly for the death of Taylor. One officer was charged with wanton endangerment for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside.
Organizers say the decision wasn’t necessarily surprising.
Though the event was in Breonna Taylor’s name, organizers didn’t forget Daniel Prude.
"As a person that’s out here marching every day for Daniel Prude and his family, I have to take a step back and find out what that means for us," organizer Ashley Gantt said. "Right? Because although we want justice for Daniel Prude, they’re forcing us to prepare for what it looks like when we don’t get justice. And I want us to feel that weight, and I want us to feel that responsibility."
Brighton Town Board member Robin Wilt encouraged people to fill out the census.
Robin Wilt with a message for those at home pic.twitter.com/wJ5HC0EqyI— Brandon Schoepfel (@bschoepf3) September 25, 2020
Free the People Roc organized the event.
According to the Rochester Police Department, speeches concluded at around 10:40 p.m. and protesters began to go home. Police also reported that the protest remained peaceful.
Speeches have concluded and protestors have begun to walk away from the Public Safety Building.— Patrol_Section_Investigations_RPD (@RPD_PSI) September 25, 2020
Click here for full coverage of the death of Daniel Prude.