CLEVELAND – Saturday was a day of protests across the City of Cleveland. Demonstrators from across the country marched the streets, calling for an end to police brutality.
They said they are angry at the way they believe police treat African-Americans and are demanding justice for 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot by a Cleveland police officer in November. Police say he was pointing and playing with a toy gun that officers say looked real.
More than 100 demonstrators chanted and protested outside of Cleveland’s First District police headquarters Saturday morning.
Many of them also took their message inside the police station’s lobby.
The demonstrators marched down West 130th and blocked the intersection with Lorain Avenue. When a driver tried to go through the crowd, some of them kicked, hit and rocked his vehicle.
“I rolled the window down and said, ‘I agree with what you’re protesting for, especially the poor guy in New York that got choked. I believe that and I’m telling them that; I’m with you on that. All I want to do is make this turn here; I’m 10 feet away from the turn,'” said driver, Jim Phillips.
Earlier in the morning, demonstrators from Ferguson, Missouri joined protesters in Cleveland at the Cudell Recreation Center where Tamir Rice was killed. Ferguson experienced days of rioting after a grand jury failed to indict the white police officer who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown.
“We came all the way up here just to show some support to this young man that had not even a chance to speak. When they got out the car, they just shot that man,” said Ferguson resident, Michael Hassell.
“That was a baby; he looked like a baby,” he added.
“It ain’t no reason why they killed him right here,” said another Ferguson resident who addressed the crowd.
“They just outright murdered my grandson. They murdered him. We just want justice and we just want peace,” said Tamir Rice’s grandmother, Mildretta Davis.
Tamir’s mother was in Columbus Saturday to speak to crowds.
“I’m his brother. I’m 16 and I ain’t wanna see my brother on camera, that camera right there- get shot for no reason,” said Tavon Rice, Tamir’s brother.
A small group of demonstrators also protested in front of the Second Police District. They were met by a couple of counter-demonstrators.
“We’re here to support law enforcement officers across the United States of America, to give our support to the men and women who protect and serve our country, who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said counter-protester, Arnold Rusch.
By the afternoon, demonstrators made their way to Steelyard Commons, where they forced Walmart to temporarily shut down as they protested in the front.
“You have every right to keep doing what you’re doing, as long as you do it peacefully,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, who personally spoke to protesters in front of Walmart.
“I hope that you would come to the table with some real solutions on how we get through this,” Chief Williams told the demonstrators.
Tavon Rice also urged people to throw away toy and BB guns they might have.
Some protestors went head-to-head with authorities.
“You are unlawfully blocking the roadway,” one angry protestor said.
The protest was backed up at East 9th. Several police officers were blocking off the roadway. The goal was to keep protestors away from I-90.
“What they did was stop us from letting them make their money which is pulling people over and writing tickets,” said one East Clevelander.
A series of events are also scheduled for Sunday, including one outside the Cavs game.
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