Citizens march through Beachwood to protest racial inequality

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio (WJW) — Protesters marched through the streets of Beachwood Thursday evening in an effort to speak out against racial injustice.

The peaceful rally began at 6 p.m. Participants met at the Beachwood Community Center on Fairmount Boulevard and march to Beachwood City Hall.

The rally, spearheaded by Beachwood High School rising senior Elizabeth Metz and community activist Fran Gordon, commemorated the life of George Floyd and other African-Americans whose lives were lost to systemic police brutality.

Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year old Tamir Rice who was killed by Cleveland police on November 22, 2014, spoke to the large crowd.

The event also featured live music.

Officials say Fairmount Blvd. westbound between Brainard and Sulgrave will remain closed to vehicular traffic until 8:30 p.m. Other intermittent road closures and slowdowns may occur in the area during that time. Residents needing to cross or utilize Fairmount Blvd. westbound to reach their homes will not be able to do so during this time.

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