Thousands join DC march against cop brutality

By James Harris
September 14, 2020

Thousands converged on Washington, D.C., to voice their outrage at cop brutality, at the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” march Aug. 28.

Sponsored by Al Sharpton, his National Action Network and Martin Luther King III, the march was held on the anniversary of the historic 1963 civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

March organizers were focused on getting out the vote in the November election to defeat President Donald Trump. Kamala Harris, Democratic nominee for vice president, spoke to the crowd by video.

Family members of those killed and brutalized by cops filled the stage, including relatives of Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and many more. Many participants carried homemade signs with the names of victims of police brutality who were family members or lived in their area.

“We need to end this kind of brutality and the conditions we work in today,” Yvonne Campbell, a 39-year-old machinist from Indianapolis, told the Militant.