Charleston group protests in support of Tamir Rice

Charleston group protests in support of Tamir Rice

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A group of about 15 protesters showed up outside North Charleston City Hall Tuesday to stand-in support of Tamir Rice. 
A grand jury opted not to indict the two officers involved in the 2014 shooting death of Tamir Rice.
The boy was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun when he was shot and killed by a white officer.

"It's almost the end of a full year of murder," said North Charleston resident Latisha Bradley. "Nine people at Emanuel AME, Walter Scott here."

Bradley, a mother of two said, for her, the Tamir Rice case hits home.

"You're a mom imagining a child in a park with a BB gun, being approached by an officer, not being given a chance to say anything and shot to death," said Bradley.

In a circle, with signs in hand, and fingers locked, the group voiced their concern with the direction our country is headed.

"We need to stand as a united front, ready to move our society," said Pastor Thomas Dixon.

Even though they gathered for the Cleveland shooting, some took to the mic, calling for change closer to home.

"2016 will be the year that we will not take no for an answer for reform in North Charleston," Charleston President of National Action Network. "We will fight them this year tooth and nail. We need the reform. We need culture change in this department."

The group presented a plan to bring-in a citizen review board.

"Somewhere around the election this year, we're going to hold a mock election," Muhiyidin D'Baha with Black Lives Matter Charleston. "We're relying on the elected officials a little too much. If they're not willing to carry out the will of the people, the people still have to carry out the will themselves and protect the children and protect the community."

People on both sides of the issues showed up.
At the other end of the parking a man held a sign that read, "Blue Lives Matter." 
It showed what looks like Walter Scott resisting former officer Michael Slager.

His argument fell on moot ears, amongst the group, who said they won't stop fighting for change.

"We will fight them with boycotts, we will fight them with anything we can because we were ignored when we first came here," said Elder Johnson. "We're not going to take no for an answer anymore."

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