The Black Lives Matter movement of Syracuse gathered activists, students, and local organizations at the “Jerry Rescue” monument in Clinton Square, in an effort to call for justice and reform to a system they believe disproportionately targets black lives.
The march on July 18 included speeches at several stops including the Syracuse Police Department at the John C. Dillon Public Safety Building, where the names of black men and women killed by police were read aloud. Organizers of the event also called attention to particular cases where Syracuse residents have been killed.
“Hey hey, ho ho. These racist cops have got to go,” was just one of the many chants that echoed as the group made their way through downtown Syracuse.