BALTIMORE — On Thursday, at least a hundred people took to the streets of Downtown Baltimore to protest instances of police violence against black people.
This demonstration comes just one day after a Kentucky grand jury decided not to charge the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death with murder.
The protest, put together by Good Kids Mad City Baltimore started outside of Baltimore Police headquarters where they marched through the streets of downtown chanting black lives matter and Breonna Taylor’s name.
Her death and the decision not to charge the officer’s involved is becoming another flashpoint in this national reckoning on race and another reason why these protesters feel police reform is needed.
Protesters say this is not a moment but a movement and they tell WMAR they won’t rest until change is made.
WMAR spoke to 17-year-old A'niya Taylor who was there and she gave us her reaction to the announcement, she says racial injustice is starting to take a toll on her.
“I was at a complete loss. it’s so hard. you work every day to fight for your life. and when it comes down to it and we get into the courtroom and they say all of them are acquitted on the same day 65 years ago when Emmitt Till's killers were acquitted. It’s a cycle and it’s so hard to hold on to hope. I never felt so hopeless,” Taylor said.
Protesters are just hoping their voices are powerful enough to break a painful cycle and bring change to a criminal justice system they feel is broken.
The People's Power Assembly is holding another protest on Saturday at 1 p.m. at 2011 N. Charles St.