People gathered Saturday afternoon at Melrose Park asking for justice. The group “Justice for Kionte” organized the “People’s Rally Against Police Violence”.
This comes after repeated requests and petitions for an independent investigation into the death of Kionte Spencer, the 18 year old who was killed by Roanoke County Police in February.
The group says only a united community can find solutions to police brutality.
“No Justice, No peace,” chants the crowd at the People’s Rally Against Police Violence.
It’s an old chant for an old battle.
“No racist police,” chants the crowd at the People’s Rally Against Police Violence.
“They treat us like we are all criminals,” said Shelea Haskins, the rally’s MC
The group “Justice for Kionte” isn’t going to stop fighting the battle anytime soon.
“It’s on us to work for justice and keep each other safe,” said Haskins.
The group held the “People’s Rally Against Police Violence”. They’re asking for the community to speak out against police profiling, harassment, brutality, and unaccountability.
“This kind of issue any of it. It’s our job as white people to show up for racial justice”, said Cate Nelson, an activist.
It’s a subject that hits home for Cate Nelson who traveled from Harrisonburg to attend.
“My older son is black and my younger son is white and I had to have two different talks with them and that’s hard,” said Nelson.
“Even if you follow all of the rules. The police can do whatever they want and they won’t necessarily be held accountable, so that’s one of the reason why we’re here.
Currently, we have no control over what police do and how they operate. ,” said Jason Lambert, organizer for Justice for Kionte.
Organizer, Jason Lambert, says there’s a need for community control over the police.
“So in the instance of them calling for someone in Roanoke. The Community members have no control on whether or not they investigate themselves whether or not we see the evidence from dash cam videos that the public pays for we have no control over whether or not they release the officers names who do it. They can do what they want and that’s a threat to community safety .,” said Lambert.
It’s their hope rallies such as this will encourage more to do something about it.