Dozens gather for Black Lives Matter protest in Dayton

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dozens of people gathered outside of the Federal building in Dayton Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest.

“We’re here today for Breonna Taylor, she’s the name of the moment, but that name has many faces,” Jo’el Jones who spoke at the protest said. “We have to give justice to the family, not because we want to, but because it’s fair under the law.”

The protest was the second in Dayton in the past four days, following the decision by a Kentucky grand jury Wednesday not to indict three police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March.

One former officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted for three counts of Wanton Endangerment for shooting into a neighboring apartment where people were living.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday the grand jury did not indict any officers for Taylor’s death, because they were returning fire after Kenneth Walker fired a shot, wounding one of the officers.

Jones said the grand jury’s decision was a major let down, and proof the justice system needs reformed.

“When we see systems that are oppressive, and are not working, that we change them,” Jones said. “That we have the courage here in this country, the leader of the world, to do that. To change systems that don’t work.”

Other protesters said police need to be held accountable, and as long as the issues continue, they’ll continue to fight for justice.

“People may say we’ve been protesting for a long time, but there has been some progress,” one protester said. “If we stop protesting, that’s saying we’re keeping it in our hearts, we’re not doing anything about it, just saying it’s ok.”

During Saturday’s rally in Dayton, speakers continued to push for social justice. Protests have happened nationwide over the past several months, following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, along with Taylor’s death and several others.

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