BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB)–Dozens of protestors filled Niagara Square Monday, holding signs many of which called for a meeting with Buffalo Police commissioner Byron Lockwood and Mayor Byron Brown.
Organizers say they wanted to hold the protest on the anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre which happened on this date in 1921.
They also wanted to hold another gathering in the wake of Saturday’s protest which turned violent at night.
A group of men standing outside of a gas station on Bailey Avenue have started handed out bottles of water to the protestors. We’re going on almost three hours of marching. pic.twitter.com/3HNHsVdQP3— Marlee Tuskes (@MarleeTuskesTV) June 1, 2020
Mercedes Overstreet, who brought everyone together today, says the problem was many on Saturday didn’t understand the purpose of the protest that change is needed but there is a way to bring about that change.
“They were children. There wasn’t anyone from our generation to tell them this is not how we do this. We have to put policies and laws in place, we have to talk to the mayor, we have to talk to the police commissioner. We have to have some type of conflict resolution and sit down at a round table to change lawfully to hold them accountable.”
Overstreet says she wants to raise attention to police brutality that happens here in the Queen City – she says George Floyd, the man who died in custody after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his kneck and sparked protests across the country – is just one story and represents so many others.
Buffalo Police equipped with riot gear are standing watch, they have started following protestors who are continuing to walk on West Tupper throughout Downtown Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/rXJFirQwAn— Marlee Tuskes (@MarleeTuskesTV) June 1, 2020
Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.