Anger Unveiled at Alleged Police Brutality
Thinly Veiled Anger
Scarfed and swathed protesters mingled with braver souls at an afternoon rally in Eureka today. Chanting slogans and vibrant with somewhat unfocused passion, a group of forty to fifty people gathered in front of the Eureka courthouse today to express outrage over police brutality. Protesters carried signs memorializing those they perceived to be victims of violent law officers. Chris Burgess, Martin Cotton and Zachary Cooke‘s photos appeared on signs and Cheri Moore’s death was also mentioned by activists there.
Dave Mako holding his own sign explained,”All across the country police are abusing people, especially latinos and blacks…whites, too. The poor are hit especially hard.” The group surrounding the courthouse were expressing outrage at this injustice.
“I’m here ’cause they killed my friend,” Juan Pedroza age 29 says. Another protestor who refused to give her name said that she was at the rally because “I’m tired of the police disappearing us.” A third whose entire head was wrapped in a t-shirt claimed to have been shot at by the police. “I have nightmares every night of my life.”
Though the protesters as a whole weren’t able to articulate what they hoped to accomplish, their anger was focused on law enforcement. For a few hours, they unveiled a rage which, while unfocused, was real.
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