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'My son didn’t deserve it at all': Protesters rally at City Hall for 18-year-old killed by Baltimore Police officer

Donnell Rochester was fatally shot by a police officer on February 19
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Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 25, 2022

BALTIMORE — People marched in Baltimore Friday afternoon to protest the death of 18-year-old Donnell Rochester, who was fatally shot by a Baltimore Police Officer on February 19.

A "Justice for Donnell Rochester" rally started on E. Cold Spring Lane and continued to City Hall, according to a flier.

The protest included students from Morgan State, activists and family and friends of Donnell Rochester.

At City Hall, protesters were calling for Baltimore City leaders to come out and address the crowd.

"The mayor is here because of our votes. I want him to fight for the people that he said he was going to fight for," a protester said. "I went to high school with Donnell. I’m here for him. He mattered he was smart. He was funny. His blood cries out from the ground. That was my friend."

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Demonstrators were shouting and carrying signs.

They are demanding answers from police on whether proper protocols were followed.

"We just want answers," a speaker said. "Let us talk to you. We just want a conversation."

Protesters rally for 18-year-old killed by police in Baltimore

"Arrest the cop or resign," a chant said.

"Arrest the cop that murdered Donnell," another chant stated.

"No justice, no peace," was another.

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Donnell Rochester's mother, Danielle Brown, was involved in the protest. She is seeking those same answers.

"My son didn’t deserve it at all. Like, not at all," Brown said. "He wasn’t no criminal. He was no thug. He never sold drugs. He wasn’t a bad person and to not have him here no more with me, it’s like a nightmare. They killed him for nothing."

Another protester delivered a message to Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott.

"Mayor Scott, we have a problem," a protester said. "We are coming to you as black individuals, asking to live and breathe. We not going to go home until we get justice."

"What I want is for justice to be served," Brown said. "I want those officers that shot my kid in jail, not no administrative leave. That’s what I want."

Rochester was shot by police officers after allegedly attempting to run over an officer with a car, police said.

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Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the officers were assigned to that area to investigate a string of armed robberies and carjackings in that district.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on February, license plate readers alerted officers to a person who had a warrant open for a robbery.

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Harrison said the officers followed the car until it stopped in the 1800 block of Chilton Street. They approached the car on foot.

The suspect got out of the car and started running but then got back in the car. Police say he drove the car toward an officer hitting him. That officer shot at the car and an officer running next to the car also shot into the car.

The suspect got out of the car and surrendered but had been shot. The officers rendered aid and the suspect was take to the hospital where he died.

A week later, Baltimore Police released body camera footage of the deadly shooting.

The footage was 45 minutes long and showed the moments leading up to when officers shot and killed Rochester.

WMAR-2 reached out to the mayor's officer but did not hear back.

In the past, the city has said it supports a group's right to protest.

This case remains under investigation by the Baltimore Police Department and the State Attorney General's Office.