Demonstrators want change in policing following Minneapolis, Maryland deaths

People gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. demanding policing reform following the deaths of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis Police custody and the recent fatal shooting of two men in Takoma Park, Maryland, by an off-duty Pentagon officer.

Sean Blackmon, with the Party for Socialism and Liberation, called for an end to racist policing and justice for Wright and his family.

“We have to stay in the streets. We have to keep up the struggle,” Blackmon addressed the some 25 people in the rally.

Different demonstrations began during the evening in downtown D.C. with the same demands for change in policing. WTOP news partner NBC Washington reported more than 200 people started marching on Black Lives Matter Plaza before going up to 14th Street Northwest.

NBC Washington reporter Shomari Stone said D.C. police followed the march in bikes and SUVs to make sure the crowd “remained peaceful.”

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