PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Activists marched through Providence Monday evening to protest the killing of a 13-year-old boy by a Chicago officer last month.
Recently-released body cam footage from the night Adam Toledo was shot and killed has sparked outrage across the country.
“The important thing here is we are not just standing around, pretending nothing happened in Chicago,” Activist Enrique Sanchez said. “There is a community here of folks in Rhode Island that looks out for each other, that shows solidarity and support for each other when situations like these occur.”
The rally comes on the heels of last week’s demonstration for Daunte Wright, a Black man shot and killed by a white officer in Minneapolis last week.
“It’s just really unfortunate that we have to be here time and time again,” Harrison Tuttle, executive director of the Black Lives Matter Rhode Island Political Action Committee said. “Really, everything that was discussed last week can be applied here.”
Tuttle said locally, this march should send a clear message.
“We really need to make this impactful change,” Tuttle said. “Hopefully, this is the start of it … it’s pivotal for us to be here.”