San Antonio groups stand in solidarity with Midwest protesters
‘Weekend of Resistance’ in St. Louis spurs SA protest
SAN ANTONIO – Various rights groups gathered in protest in front of City Hall Sunday to call for an end to police brutality.
Though their numbers paled in comparison, the message coming from the protesters was similar to the calls heard in Missouri, where thousands marched from Ferguson to St. Louis during a “Weekend of Resistance” to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and Vonderrit Myers. Both were shot and killed by police officers.
“We’re here to say enough is enough,” said Arianna Brown. “These are people’s lives, these are people’s children, these are people’s husbands and fathers. Their lives matter.”
Among the groups protesting were: San Anto Cop Watch, the local chapter of the Green Party and Students United for Socio-economic Justice.
“Even though this is not Ferguson, (it) doesn’t mean it can’t happen here,” said Green Party member Rachell Tucker. “It already has.”
The group points to the fatal shooting of the University of the Incarnate Word student Cameron Redus as an example of local police brutality. Redus was shot and killed by Cpl. Christopher Carter late last year.
While Redus’ death did not garner the same amount of national attention as Brown’s or Myers’, Marisa Laufer said the two share tragic similarities.
“We really need to make the connections between what’s going on in another city, even in another country for that matter, and bring it back home,” Laufer said. “There’s a Mike Brown and a Ferguson in every city. I feel it’s here too.”
Protesters called for the demilitarization of local police forces and equal justice for minorities in the American legal system.
Laufer said she has been to a number of protests since Brown’s shooting. While there have been other high profile cases of possible police brutality and subsequent protests, Laufer said the recent protests have been effective at shining a spotlight on the issue.
“I think something changes now because we can talk through social media. We’re utilizing it in ways to help us empower and connect (people),” she said.