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Protesters get creative, put demands in chalk along the canal

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 23:27:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS — On the canal on Wednesday, the message and chalk drawings are loud, colorful and clear.

"Abolish the FOP. Justice for Dreasjon. Justice for McHale Rose. No justice, no peace and of course, Black lives matter," Zion Smith said.

Smith is among the protesters who spent the night writing out the call for change in Indianapolis. He said while it may not be a massive march, it is a protest.

"Social justice doesn't end after a week, everything doesn't have to be a big protest," Smith said. "There are plenty of people around here so they can see the signs and see the messages written all over the ground just as easy as they can see a protest going by."

The peaceful protest is lead by members of the Indy 10 Black Lives Matter who said while the national focus is on the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Indianapolis has Dreasjon Reed and McHale Rose — two cases of Black men killed by police where not all the details have been released to the public or their families.

"With McHale Rose, they released the autopsy report but not the 911 call. With Dreasjon we are still waiting his autopsy report," Jae, with Indy 10 Black Lives Matter, said. "Both sides have demands that haven't been met but we need the officers to be fired. Take away their pension and give us our full transparency."

Protesters said until those demands are met protests will continue every week in some form or fashion.

"If we stop now everything we did weeks ago would be for no reason," Smith said. "We have to keep the pressure up, we have to keep the momentum up, even if it's not a big crowd of people. You don't need a big crowd to make a difference. To those who thought it was going to fizzle out, it's not fizzling out."