By Nélida Tello
More than 200 people marched in Hollywood on Saturday to demand justice for the police killings of 20-year-old Daunte Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo. During the march, protesters also expelled antagonistic reactionary video streamers from the march.
Before the march began, demonstrators gathered at the site of Daunte and Adam’s makeshift memorial in Hollywood, at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Vine St., in order to rebuild it after reactionaries tore it down earlier in the week.
Posters, including some with the slogan “People’s Justice for Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo!,” were taped up at the memorial, dozens of candles were lit, and speeches were given.
“At 12 years old my mom told me to be careful with police [because] they don’t see a 12-year-old boy, they see a grown-ass Black man,” one participant told the crowd in reference to Chicago police killing Adam Toledo.
The hundreds of demonstrators took the streets in Hollywood, chanting, “Say his name! Daunte Wright!” and “Say his name! Adam Toledo!”
The march cut through the heart of Hollywood, as riot police followed on foot and patrols tailed the protesters. Police officers attempted to contain the march by setting up a banner with instructions on how to protest, which included a list of prohibited items, however, protesters defied the instructions and took the streets.
The crowd expelled, sometimes using force, reactionary streamers who attempted to infiltrate the march and antagonize protesters as well as suspected undercover police.
The march looped back to the memorial, where more speeches were given on the role of police as speakers connected local police killings to ones that have occurred across the country.
“Alfonso Limon Jr. was fatally shot 21 times by Oxnard police officers on his way home after being mistaken for a gang member,” one speaker explained, saying that police use such arguments to justify their murders.
Participants ended the event by calling for unity between Black and Latino communities in the fight against the police.
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