Hundreds of people gathered in Carbondale for a demonstration against police brutality. The crowd included people of all ages and races, many carrying signs demanding justice for George Floyd, who was shot by police in Minneapolis, and the names of other victims of police shootings.
Organizers led the crowd singing hymns as well as singing happy birthday to Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 on Friday, June 5th. Taylor was shot in her bed in Louisville, KY when police raided her apartment earlier this year.
Ashayla Mathis of Carbondale said she’s marching for future generations.
“At the end of the day, I’m doing this for the people who are to come. No kid should ever sit there and ever have to have the police come up and they feel more terrified than before they showed up,” Mathis said.
The protestors then marched to the police station before returning to city hall for a rally with more speakers, including Congressional candidate Ray Lenzi and TEDX speaker Travis Washington.