Protesters gave passionate speeches about various issues during a march through Minneapolis on February 27.
According to the group’s Facebook page, the protest was in response to President Trump’s administration’s “attacks on our community,” but the actual protest took on a much different tone, instead focusing on issues that affect and have affected the local community.
Nina Robertson, the sister of Chad Robertson who earlier this month was killed by an Amtrak officer in Chicago, through tears gave an emotional speech in which she recounted her brother’s death.
“My brother was there for one hour,” Robertson said, highlighting the senselessness of her brother’s death. LaRoyce Tankson has been charged with first-degree murder of Chad Robertson for the Feb 8 shooting according to the Cook County State Attorney’s office.
“We will not stop here,” Robertson said. “Chad was not only my brother, he was all of our brothers. I promise you, I will not be silent. This is my first time speaking, and it won’t be my last.”
Calls to action mixed with heated emotion were heard throughout the march from Peavy Plaza to the Minneapolis City Hall,
“[ICE] shut that shit down.”
“Chamber of Commerce; shut that shit down.”
“Fuck the Chamber of Commerce.” were among the words voiced by various speakers.
“This does not end with impeaching Donald Trump. It ends with the dismantling of the entire system.”
In order to dismantle this system, the group presented Minneapolis Council member Cam Gordon with a list of demands. This list was not made available to CCN at the time of publication.
The Minneapolis Police Department again escorted the protest throughout Minneapolis, blocking off roadways and at one point letting a light-truck drive on the sidewalk between Minneapolis City Hall and the Government Plaza light rail station. According to MPD Public Information officer Scott Seroka, MPD supervisors often speak to march organizers prior to the event.
Protests in Minneapolis have seen little resistance from either law enforcement or the community. With the exception an unidentified man who yelled at the group to go vote while giving the crowd an obscene gesture, there was nothing in the way of a counter-protest or anger shown towards the group as it weaved its way through the streets. Most onlookers either looked on in bewilderment or shouted signs of support.
The MPD reported that there were no arrests or citations related to the protest and between 200-250 people attended the march.