Hundreds rally, shut down Broadway for Black Lives Matter protest

Hundreds rally, shut down Broadway for Black Lives Matter protest
Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening. (Source: William Joy/WAVE 3 News)
Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening. (Source: William Joy/WAVE 3 News)
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(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening.

The march was to protest the killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling this past week.

The crowd included multiple races and age groups.

Carla Wallace is white but said she's been protesting against police brutality, especially against African-Americans for 30 years.

"These kind of gatherings are going on around the country and it's a wake-up call," she said. "Part of what allows a system that brutalizes black and brown people to continue is white silence."

For Kyra Welch, the issue is much more personal.

"When I was younger my mother was killed, because of police brutality, in front of me and my brother," Welch said.

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In a civil rights lawsuit in 2015, a judge ruled the deputy was not in immediate danger.

"When you see something like that, especially from someone that's supposed to be protecting you, it makes you feel vulnerable, like there's no one else to help you," Welch said.

Welch, who is in her teens now, was one of many younger protesters.

"It brings me a lot of happiness and excitement because I feel like we can make a change with all the people we have here, especially the youth," Vantasia Coles, another teenage protester, said.

The message was that police and the public need to start protecting and understanding each other.

"Come around not just when there's a problem, but when there's happiness in the community," Coles said.

"We need our police officers on our side," Welch said. "They supposed to be protecting us and they're supposed to be protecting our communities."

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