200 protesters of all ages, ethnicities were at Ronstadt Transit Center tonight to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, against the failure of the Ferguson Missouri grand jury to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9, 2014 killing of 18 year old Michael Brown.
All photos taken by and courtesy of freelancer Henry Barajas, former reporter with Tucson Weekly.
Over 25 police officers were present surrounding the area on all four corners of 6th Avenue and Congress St., with 3 police cars, a segway, motorcycles. The protest started at 6 p.m. with lots of signs “Black Lives Matter”, “No More Killer Cops”, “Stop racial profiling”, etc.
The crowd chanted from 6 to 6:50 p.m. “Hands up, don’t shoot”, and “No Justice, no peace” on the NE corner of Congress/6th Avenue, then took to the street marching west with their signs and banners . Apparently they turned around at Church St. then went up north on 4th Avenue, with more police officers barricading streets to allow their movement.
Present were Safe City homeless activist Jon McLane, and former TUSD candidate Betts Putnam-Hidalgo with a sign” Stop Killing Unarmed Black/Brown Kids”.
The peaceful crowd finally dispersed around 8:45 p.m. back at the same corner in downtown Tucson, near Ronstadt Transit Center.
Ongoing dialogues on this issue are being held by the African American Student Affairs group and Black Student Union at the University of Arizona MLK Center, 1322 E. 1st St.
Wednesday December 3rd 5:30pm – BSU Dialogue and Discussion
Wednesday, December 10th 5:30pm – BSU Dialogue and Discussion
Tuesday, January 25th: Non-Indictment Brown Bag – Bring your lunch and meet at the MLK Center, 12:00pm.