Racial injustice demonstration held in Scranton

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Local demonstrators joined together in Lackawanna County to raise awareness for racial injustice.

The group gathered in downtown Scranton Wednesday afternoon to march and educate others about their message.

About a dozen people gathered this afternoon on courthouse square to bring awareness to the racial inequality and alleged police brutality going on across the country.

“We just want our voices heard,” said Isiah Watson, demonstrator and Scranton resident.

Fighting for the justice of black lives.

The event’s organizer, 21-year old Nadiyah Rivera, said she wanted to bring awareness of racial injustice to her hometown, Scranton.

“I became aware of racism and justices of discrimination probably by the age of five,” said Rivera.

Rivera and others in attendance are calling for change.

“Truthfully I don’t only fear for people my age but younger people too. I have three nephews that I worry all the time, you know, if they get older and get into any sort of situation it could be them” said Tysean Cuthkelvin, demonstrator and Scranton resident.

Demonstrator Bobby Keller says joining the march Wednesday was the least he could do to show his support for racial justice.

“I feel like as a white male, there’s not enough that I could do,” said Keller. “‘Cause I’m just so, I’m just so fed up with police brutality and social injustice.”

“It’s not just police brutality against black people. It’s police brutality against a lot of people of color. I know, I fear for my life. I fear for all people of colors lives,” said Watson.

The peaceful demonstration comes three days after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer and during the third week of the trial for former officer Derek Chauvin who was charged for the death of George Floyd in 2020.

“Ultimately I wanted to create a safe place for everyone to talk about the injustices they feel and to open up and talk about the trauma, honestly, because this isn’t something that black people see and it’s just one and done. This happens over and over,” said Rivera.

The event, described as “an autonomous action in solidarity with Brooklyn Center, MN,” from organizers, has speakers discussing the case and trial.

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