Protesters Mark MLK Day with Calls for Cleveland Police Reforms

Jan 18, 2016

Protest organizer says Tamir Rice shooting is one reason they were on the streets today
Credit FILE PHOTO / WKSU

In downtown Cleveland, a group of roughly 30 protesters gathered in the minus-6 wind chill afternoon to mark Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy and make the point that there’s more work to be done. 

Organizers had hoped that 70 to 100 people would show on the steps of the Justice Center, but low temperatures and cutting winds nearing 30 mph seem to have affected turnout, according to Pat Mahoney. He’s with the Justice League, a coalition of student organizations at Cleveland State University that works on progressive causes.

 

“It’s cold out here, but I think we’re all kind of upset and angry, and that’s kind of the fire that’s keeping us here. Basically we’re looking at a justice system which is broken -- refuses to kind of fight back against injustices that are committed by the Cleveland Division of Police.”

Mahoney says the lack of indictments in the Tamir Rice case, the mass chase and shooting of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, and other recent examples of African-Americans dying in confrontations with city police demonstrate that more mustbe said and done. 

The group marched to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other sections of downtown Cleveland.