Friday, October 23, 2009

Photo of the Day: National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Crystal Johnson marches down Peachtree Street in protest against police brutality.
  • Crystal Johnson marches down Peachtree Street in protest against police brutality.

A spirited group of demonstrators showed up at Woodruff Park on Oct. 22 to rally and march as part of the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. Organizers cited seven deaths in Georgia at the hands of police officers since March 2009 as a sign of the “epidemic of police brutality in Georgia” according to their press release.

Following the rally at Woodruff Park more than 50 protesters marched to the Atlanta Detention Center briefly shutting down one side of Peachtree Street. Outside the Detention Center a “speakout” was held. Some of the topics referenced by speakers outside the jail included the Kathryn Johnston murder, the Atlanta Eagle Raid and the need for an independent citizen police review board. As protesters spoke, cheers could be heard from prisoners inside the Detention Center.

Check out a gallery of photographs from the rally and march.

(Photo by  Joeff Davis)

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