Carbondale Rallies Against Police Brutality

Jun 5, 2020
A group of people with signs marching in the street.
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

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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NPR Illinois

The City of Anna has been approached with a request to hold a peaceful demonstration on Thursday.

On his Facebook page, Chief of Police Bryan Watkins indicated the caller described her request as a peaceful demonstration to express her First Amendment rights.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry after a peaceful vigil in Carbondale calling for an end to racism and police brutality, along with burglaries of several businesses.