Philadelphia Protesters March for Anti-Police Brutality

Philadelphia protesters and police marched peacefully on Thursday for anti-police brutality and clogged Locust Street during the rush-hour on Thursday evening. The protesters were moved across cars and headed to Rittenhouse Square.

The organizers of the protest compare the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on April 19 to that of Brandon Tate-Brown’s death in a December shooting. They also expressed concerns about the relations between police and the community in Philadelphia.

Angry at the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, Philadelphia residents participated in rallies and marches. The peaceful rally was on social media as well. Philadelphia police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp, who usually runs the social media accounts of the department snapped a photo from the crowd and posted on the department’s account in Twitter @phillypolice that the peaceful protest stopped at 15th and Locust.

On Friday evening, a smaller protest was likewise posted on Twitter.

Buzzing in national conversation since last year is Philadelphia’s movement. On social media, activists posted words of protests, keep others abreast of ongoing issues and challenge unruly protests which others found false.

Some people expect protesters to post their activities in social media. As protesters are not giving a bad message, they are law-abiders. They write and document their rallies and protests, so people see the real picture.

Deandra Jefferson, Philly Coalition for Racial, Economic and Legal Justice march organizer, said having presence in social media help activists reach out to their followers at home. Marches do not only affect those who are out, but everyone.

The public want the protests to be posted, so they know how to avoid traffic; or if they want to join the protest, they know where to, said Gripp.

Some people are somewhat unhappy with police officers also joining the social media conversation about the protest, as they are the reason of the movement, said Jefferson. Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said it is impossible to make everyone happy, saying the Police Department is making a balance.

Thursday protesters were about 800, and the rally lasted most in the night, peacefully, except when they and the police clashed adjacent to 15th Street where some officers were slightly injured, and two protesters were apprehended.

Meanwhile, Friday’s protest featured dozens of “TurnUp 4 BMore” marchers, who assembled on the streets of South and 10th moved toward Arch and 12th in Chinatown after 7p.m. After which, they headed to City Hall, then to Rittenhouse Square.

No one was arrested at the protest.

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