Allentown protestors express sadness, anger about Breonna Taylor outcome in peaceful weekend demonstration

Written by on September 28, 2020

 Allentown protestors express sadness, anger about Breonna Taylor outcome in peaceful weekend demonstration

By Ben Stemrich

September 28, 2020

People gathered in downtown Allentown Saturday to remember Breonna Taylor. Photo| Ben Stemrich.

Protests in Louisville continued over the weekend after only one officer was indicted on charges for the night Breonna Taylor was killed. On Saturday, Black Lives Matter Lehigh Valley took to the streets for a peaceful demonstration.

Nearly 100 protestors covered all four corners facing the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in center city Allentown in wake of the decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

“It could be your daughter, your son, it could be anyone and there has to be justice for Brown and Black lives. Simple as that,” said Justan Parker, event organizer for Black Lives Matter Lehigh Valley.

One of the three officers involved in the shooting was charged with wanton endangerment for firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment.

People gathered in downtown Allentown Saturday to remember Breonna Taylor. Photo| Ben Stemrich.

Protesters said they were sad, and angry, but not surprised, including Tychelle Graham of Allentown.

“Just the frustration that no one is paying attention because people keep saying they’re paying attention, but this keeps happening. Our system is broken, and it needs to be fixed,” said Graham.

Event organizers and the nonprofit “Democracy For All” also tapped into the energy and emotion in the crowd to encourage people to sign up to register to vote.

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