Protest march draws hundreds

Hundreds marched in downtown Augusta Saturday after a week of high tension involving cases that some people believe are police brutality.
Hundreds marched in downtown Augusta Saturday after a week of high tension involving cases that some people believe are police brutality.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)-  Hundreds marched in downtown Augusta Saturday following a week of high tension involving cases that some people believe are police brutality.

“Of course I’m worried,” said Samuel Fudge of Augusta. “I’m not only worried about myself, but I’m worried for the youth.”

People turned out because they feel something has gone terribly wrong.

“For me it was Alton Sterling,” said organizer Princess White.

“It’s not just about police brutality,” said Ray Montana of the CSRA Street Justice Council. “It’s all about gang violence. It’s all about black on black crime.”

“The problem comes from, unfortunately, people over-patrolling black neighborhoods,” said Trevan Young of Grovetown, Ga.

The march grew as the crowd processed down Broad St., and it remained peaceful throughout. After 14 people were shot at a protest in Dallas, this protest almost didn’t happen. The event’s original organizer didn’t want the gathering to get violent.

“Yesterday he canceled, and myself and three other women were like, ‘no we have to go through with it’,” White said. “We’d already put it out to everyone on Facebook.”

Those women kept the momentum going, but the real driver has been social media.

“I’m not sure who organized it, but I’m glad and I’m blessed– I feel grateful even to log on to Facebook to find out where to come,” said Charmeka Robinson.

While the march gave people a chance to come together to share their anger and sadness, many feel that events like these don’t do enough when it comes to police brutality.

“They need to have a plan of action instead of you know, ‘ blah blah blah the system is biased. Blah Blah Blah they’re killing us’– Okay. That’s great they’re doing that,” Young said. “Now what’s next?”

A new Georgia law that went into effect July 1 makes it more difficult for police officers to influence grand jury proceedings when they face charges for use of deadly force.

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