A weekend of demonstrations is planned in Cleveland over the deaths of 12 year old Tamir Rice and other unarmed black men across the country.
“Our message is enough is enough and we’re not going back,” said Marcia McCoy, president of the National Action Network’s Cleveland chapter.
Residents of Ferguson, Missouri are expected to join the protests that begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cudell Recreation Center where Rice was killed. Rice’s mother, however, will be at a separate demonstration in Columbus. McCoy and other members of the National Action Network plan to meet her there.
“That could have been me,” Pastor Leonard King said, referring to Rice.
King hopes the demonstrations result in a conversation between the community and federal government about policing, a change in how cases are presented to grand juries and legislation that requires toy guns to look like toy guns.
Rice had a toy gun on him when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer.
The Saturday schedule is as follows:
10:00 a.m. Cudell Rec Center
11:30 a.m. Second District Police Headquarters
1:00 p.m. Steelyard Commons
3:00 p.m. Public Square
7:00 p.m. East 40th and Community College Ave.
A rally and march to Quicken Loans Arena where the Cavaliers are playing is planned at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
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