Protesters marched down Walton Street in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, by U.S. Federal Court of Appeals, on the way to the rally at Underground just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Chants of “no justice, no peace!” and “hands up, don’t shoot!” rang through the air.
At Underground, booming hip hop music and vibrant speakers filled the air, accompanied for calls of “boycott!” and “What do you want? Justice! When do you want it? Now!”
The crowd also joined in singing “We Shall Overcome.”
One speaker screamed, “We have promised for four months f that if they gave us no justice we would give them no peace! We will give them no peace!”
That speaker further stated that “black and brown people (should) build their own education and health and criminal justice systems.”
Another speaker demanded that Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, nee H. Rap Brown, be freed. Al-Amin is serving a life sentence at Supermax, a federal facility in Colorado known as the country’s most secure. He was convicted in 2002 of following the 2000 shooting of two Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies. Deputy Ricky Kinchen died.
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Later marchers headed for Woodruff Park carrying this banner:
– AJC reporter Steve Visser