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Peaceful Protesters Flood Cincinnati's Streets In Honor Of Sam Dubose

Matt Lawrence | PopWrapped Author

Matt Lawrence

08/01/2015 12:17 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
Peaceful Protesters Flood Cincinnati's Streets In Honor Of Sam Dubose | Sam Dubose
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Cincinnati, Ohio is my stomping grounds, and my city has been on fire with positive headlines in the revitalization of downtown.

Being downtown tonight for the rally that was held for Sam Dubose, a man who was pulled over for a missing liscense plate and executed by a police officer, had emotions running high.

A storm rolled through the city which made for a small turnout at first, with a small circle of umbrellas gathered around a woman with a megaphone wrapped in a plastic grocery bag. Walking up to the courthouse steps, the rain began to lighten to a steady drizzle, and with it, more people slowly trickled in.

News vans dotted the street as their camera crews and on-the-scene reporters staked their claims. People of all walks were holding signs, joining in chants, No Justice! No Peace!, I am Samuel Dubose. The entire crowd was visibly upset, distraught, fed up with hashtagging people that did not deserve to die. Upset with a police  officer's lies, even though he was wearing a body camera that contradicts the statements he made.

All of this pent up aggravation was released throughout the crowd with nary a hint of violence. Voices rang out in unison, leaving the steps,  traveling down the middle of major streets, chanting and marching; all while the Cincinnati Police Department provided a rear barrier for the motorists forced to handle the detour.

Down the street. at the District 1 police station, police blocked an entire section of major road so that the crowd was free to exercise their right to protest.

It left me with a sense of American pride. To see cooperation from the demonstrators and the police alike. That the desire was not to cause a scene, but to be seen, and heard. The power of a united group, tired of corruption, and speaking out reminded me of all the protest videos from the civil rights movement of the '60s, and the Vietnam protests in the '60s and '70s . To a time where people stood up and spoke out.

It touched me and made me proud of how the people of my city responded.  To watch something positive emerge out of such a senseless, rash, unacceptable action.

To be in the middle of what your country was founded on, to combat these circumstances our country faces with peaceful protests reassures my hope for our fractured country.


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