APD protests getting smaller

Updated: 04/12/2014 10:41 PM | Created: 04/12/2014 10:23 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Protesters have planned five rallies to fight what activists call police brutality since James Boyd was shot and killed in March. Each one has been different, but they seem to be getting smaller.

The first protest following the death of James Boyd brought nearly a thousand people to the steps of APD. Activists, politicians and families came together with one focus: justice for James Boyd.

Five days later, the group “Anonymous” spearheaded a protest. It was about half the size, less organized, and led to tear gas, graffiti and arrests.

The following Friday, protesters warned each other to remain peaceful as they marched again. That time, the group was visibly smaller than the last and it was unclear who was leading things or what their message was aside from “this is a peaceful protest.”

A protest planned for after the Department of Justice announcement turned out to be a dud, with no one showing up.

Saturday, only about 100 people took to Civic Plaza to speak out against shootings. Most of them were familiar faces – people who have been involved with the struggle against what they call police brutality – for years.

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