SILVER SPRING, Md. - Demonstrators were protesting in Downtown Silver Spring in response to the man who was shot and killed by a Montgomery County police officer.
Several human rights groups were present, including Black Lives Matter.
On Monday, Robert Lawrence-White was shot and killed after an altercation with a Montgomery County police officer and two-year veteran, Anand Badgujar.
Although it is very early in the investigation, some want answers. Showing Up for Racial Justice Organizer, Laurel Hoa, said: “We want to send a strong message to the Montgomery County Police Department that we will not tolerate this here.”
Police say body camera footage shows White assaulting the officer, and that’s when White was shot. One man at the protest stands with the movement while also putting himself in the officers position. “We have to understand that they are also people, so fear is very involved at that moment,” said Silver Spring resident, Gavin Wilson.
Organizers say they want full details of the investigation and for the officer to be fired.
The body-worn camera footage has not been released yet. “We want police tapes to be released in its entirety – unedited,” announced Hoa.
As people were shouting for justice, one of the speakers say no one is immune to racism. “It’s important for us to recognize that Anti-Black racism pervades through our society,” stated Deepa Iyer of South Asian-Americans Leading Together.
Human rights leaders were also calling for the department to implement a civilian review board and de-escalation training.