Rally at RI State House held for Chicago teen fatally shot by police

"We are tired of the police not getting any accountability for the murders that are being committed amongst our youth, amongst all people of color, Spanish, Black, Asian, it doesn’t matter, we're tired of it,” protester Cedric Russell said.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Dozens of protesters marched through the streets of Providence Monday night calling for an end to police brutality.

“We are tired of the police not getting any accountability for the murders that are being committed amongst our youth, amongst all people of color, Spanish, Black, Asian, it doesn’t matter, we’re tired of it,” protester Cedric Russell said.

Russell was one of the dozens of people who participated in the rally. He said their mission was to be loud and be heard.

“To bring awareness that we’re tired of being killed,” Russell said. “You can’t commit violence because you know what comes with that, so we’re going to speak and try something. We’re trying.”

The group started at the steps of the statehouse and marched downtown, chanting the names of those lost to the hands of police. It was one of several protests held by the BLMRI PAC group.

“Today is one of many,” organizer Harrison Tuttle said. “Whether that’s Eric Garner, whether that’s Breonna Taylor, whether that’s George Floyd or Adam Toledo.”

The march comes as jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer accused in the death of George Floyd, start their deliberations.

It also comes as body-camera video of Adam Toledo is released; showing the moments the 13-year-old was shot and killed by an officer in Chicago.

“What’s what’s lost in the message is that we’re providing solutions,” Tuttle said. “One of those solutions is to reallocate funds to necessary services such as mental health, such as shelter, with an understanding that poverty is a result of crime.”

The rally ended with a peaceful moment of silence where protesters knelt in remembrance of all of the lives lost.

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