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Protesters demand justice, body cam video during weekend demonstrations

Posted at 7:19 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 07:59:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Over the weekend, the rain did not quit but neither did protesters.

Hundreds marched to the front steps of the Tallahassee Police Department on the eighth day of demonstrations and called for change through the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Some called it peaceful with a purpose.

"I think it's a good positive thing going on right now," said Sheldon Marshall.

More than three hundred protesters from all backgrounds, coming together in Tallahassee as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many protesting Saturday for answers and a call for change.

"I would say the demand to hold the police accountable and release the footage of what's happened in the last couple of weeks in Tallahassee," said Katie Fine.

Since March, the city of Tallahassee has seen three officer involved shootings — the first Mychael Johnson on March 20, police say he was a suspect in a carjacking and was shot after resisting arrest.

The latest, Tony McDade on May 27. McDade was a suspect in a deadly stabbing.

Police say McDade was shot after pointing a gun at an officer at the Leon Arms apartment complex.

Now they've turned to protesting to get dash cam and body cam video from those shootings released.

"I'm hoping that as we continue to build momentum in this movement the impact will be that the police will at least enter into a dialogue with us with protesters to adhere to some of the demands acquiesce to some of these demands so that we can start to build meaningful change," said Fine.

A change that could help build trust between officers and the communities they serve.

"You have some good ones, but the bad ones is messing up for everybody," said Marshall.

Something that's been lost in the cases of police brutality nationwide.

There's now been a Black Lives Matter protest in all 50 states following Floyd's death.

The Tallahassee Community Action Committee says they're not stopping anytime soon.