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Caravan protest calls for justice in Mychael Johnson shooting death

Posted at 6:53 PM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 12:36:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — On March 20, 2020, Mychael Johnson was shot and killed by Tallahassee police. Just over a month later, protestors took the streets in their vehicles to show, what they call, solidarity with others who have been killed by police.

The Tallahassee Police Department has stated that Zackri Jones shot Johnson after Johnson allegedly stole a car. Protestors believe what happened on March 20th is still unclear and they want answers.

Protestors want the names of the officers involved, as well as body camera footage released. Plus, they want an independent investigation controlled by community members, not the police department.

"We think it is reasonable for the state attorney to immediately indict Zackri Jones, so the family can get justice and another officer is not allowed to go free after killing somebody in Tallahassee," said Zachary Schultz.

Delilah Pierre, another protestor added, "And to ask once again for the resignation of the Tallahassee Police Chief, Lawrence Revell, and City Manager, Reese Goad, because we think that, personally, their actions have shown that they have no care or empathy for the black and brown community in Tallahassee."

Protestors also said despite the pandemic of Covid-19, it is still important for people to get out and voice their concerns. "I think it’s important to continue to remember that Covid-19 is an epidemic that can affect everyone," said Pierre. "We’re not like those protestors who are yelling that we want haircuts back and yelling that we want our barber salons to open up again.”

Schultz added, "We think it’s important that no matter the conditions, that justice cannot wait, we must be out here to make sure our voices are heard. And that the family who has been ignored is respected, and that their demands are listened too.”