For the second consecutive Saturday night, chanting demonstrators, holding signs aloft, marched through a busy part of the District to protest the shooting by police of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo.
In the more recent march, the demonstrators heard speeches in front of Union Station, then headed for the H Street NE dining and entertainment area.
In a procession that seemed about a block long, and large enough to block traffic during its passage, the boisterous marchers carried signs emblazoned with such messages as “Black lives matter,” and “stop killing us.”
One sign asked: “Will I be next?”
The march took the demonstrators along the entire length of the entertainment corridor, reaching Benning Road before turning around.
On Aug 23, protesters marched through the area of Northwest Washington near the Verizon Center in a similar demonstration.
In the speeches in front of Union Station, protesters called for a stop to what they described as the militarization of police forces. They also asked for creation of civilian review boards with the power to dismiss officers, and for the arrest of the officer who shot Michael Brown.
Sponsored by a coalition of groups concerned with the rights of African Americans this Saturday night’s protest included a couple who had lived in St. Louis before moving here. The couple, Iris Jacob and Mike Bolds, brought their 2-year-old daughter Ifetayo, who held a sign saying “my life matters.”
The 2-year-old repeated one of the slogans frequently heard at protests since the shooting in Ferguson.
“Hands up,” she said, “hands up.”