NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Hundreds of protesters rallied at the New Haven Green Thursday against the recent ruling of the Breonna Taylor case.
The emotions of the protesters were raw.
“Exhaustion, anger, frustration. A little bit of what do we do now,” said Ala Ochumare of Black Lives Matter New Haven.
On Wednesday, a Kentucky Grand Jury did not charge the officers involved in the shooting of Taylor for her death. The jury indicted former Lousiville Police Officer Brett Hankison for firing shots into a neighbor’s home.
Those who gathered on the green called the decision emotionally draining. Speeches were given to hundreds who listened. Each coming to grieve, vent and try to move forward.
“It says that property is a lot more valuable than black life is. For indigenous lives. Muslim lives. Anybody that is a part of an oppressed community is not seen as a human being in the justice system,” said Kira Ortoleva
The protest took to the streets. Protesters marched up Chapel Street until Sherman Avenue. They crossed over to Whalley to head back Green. The loop was about three miles and took nearly three hours to complete.
The March stopped multiple times in intersections for speeches. The intersection of Whalley and Sherman Avenue and Broadway and York Streets were blocked for about 20 minutes each. The protesters hoped to bring more attention to black lives that have been taken by police. Not only nationally but here in Connecticut.
“I’m out here because black women need to be treated with respect and humanity in this and this decision was just a smack in the face,” said Karimah Mickens-Weber.
Protesters not only called for justice but for people to register to vote. Not just for national elections but locally as well. They called for support a younger generation of politicians for change.
Another rally is set to be held on the Green Friday afternoon starting at 5:30 pm.
Watch part of the protest below: (Warning: Video contains graphic language. Viewer discretion is advised.)