A local protest became a source of pride

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There are so many different emotions to feel about the George Zimmerman verdict. But pride regarding the thoughtful actions taken by all parties in a local demonstration -- that was unexpected. As described in the PG article " 'The System Was Never Built for Us': 2 Rallies Merge in Hill District to Discuss Verdict" (July 15), as part of a demonstration, 12 people sat in the road between the Freedom Corner monument and St. Benedict the Moor Church. This was a very strong, nonviolent means to demonstrate outrage.

Police were ready to use handcuffs on these 12. But Cmdr. RaShall Brackney of the North Side police station took a very different approach. She kneeled before the demonstrators, told them they could continue their protest and had the streets blocked off to allow them to do so. She spoke of doing things peacefully, in a sustained manner, to address community problems.

To the demonstrators and Cmdr. Brackney: You made the Freedom Corner proud. Thank you.

ALAN STEINBERG
Forest Hills


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