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The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on policing as lawmakers work on legislation to combat police brutality. The hearing comes amid nationwide protests on the subject. Watch the proceedings live.

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In part 2 of our report on former Saluki hammer thrower Gwen Berry's involvement in bringing light to racial inequality and police brutality, WSIU's Brad Palmer reveals Berry's thoughts on the current Black Lives Matter demonstrations and her advice to her teenage son on how to stay safe.

Carbondale Rallies Against Police Brutality

Jun 5, 2020
A group of people with signs marching in the street.
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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.

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A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest demonstration has been scheduled for Saturday in Benton.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and Dr. Linda Flowers, the President of the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying while they can't undo what happened recently in Minnesota, the city can "... control how we respond to it, and hopefully prevent it from ever happening in Carbondale."