BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Protests against several recent grand jury decisions have shut down streets in Buffalo. They’re protesting grand juries not deciding to indict two white officers who in separate cases killed two black men.
Officers are keeping an eye on a protest Thursday where protesters have shut down the intersection at Bailey and Kensington Avenues. Protesters there say they’re unhappy with a New York City grand jury’s decision to not indict the white officer who killed Eric Garner with a choke hold.
They also shut down Grant Street and Delavan Ave where people protested in a “Die In” fashion. They drew chalk outlines and pretended to be dead to make a point.
“The point we want to make here is the justice system has failed us. It’s been considered an injustice system,” John Washington “There’s a disproportionate amount of black people that are going to prison.”
Their movement has gained traction, and as it has done so, police attention. Police are standing by near each protest, but so are members of a group called Peacemakers. They wear gold hooded sweatshirts with black jackets with their logo printed on them. Peacemakers say they are there to shield both protesters and police from each other.
Earlier this week a crowd of over 100 students marched up Elmwood Ave. and picked up a police escort to prevent injuries. They were protesting a Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict the white officer who killed Michael Brown.