ROXBURY (CBS) — A rally to mark Juneteenth and a march against police brutality was held Saturday in Roxbury.
Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, according to the event website.READ MORE: 'A Blast Furnace': Firefighters Battle Strong Winds, Flames At Roxbury Apartment Building
Event organizer, Tahia Bell Sykes, says the goal is breaking down barriers.
“We’re asking for humanity, transparency and clarity,” she says. “Most important, (we’re) letting the community know that we’re here and that their voices are important and they have the ability to really make a change.”
She says Friday’s fatal shooting by Massachusetts State Police of Santos Laboy, who was allegedly wielding a knife on Storrow Drive, and the recent killing of terror suspect Usamaah Rahim in a CVS parking lot in Roslindale require not immediate condemnation but soul-searching and an open investigation.READ MORE: Mother Accused Of Putting Baby In Trash Can Charged With Attempted Murder
Bell told the crowd that investigations shouldn’t end with an all-clear.
“(Police) want to be judge, jury and executioner on the streets in which we live,” she said. “They are attempting to intimidate us…our community and they don’t have the power to do that unless we give it to them.”MORE NEWS: Thieves Target Toyota Prius Catalytic Converters In Cambridge
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports: