Vigil planned for people killed by police officers and officers killed in line of dutyProtesters outside the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur, Ga. bow their heads in a moment of silence on Aug. 14, 2014. Several hundred protesters gathered in front of the Decatur Courthouse to hold a moment of silence for Michael Brown, a teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The case, and the subsequent decision not to indict the officer involved, touched of months of protests around the country. The protests continue. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter is holding a vigil and rally this weekend in remembrance of those killed by police officers and police officers killed in the line of duty.
The rally will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the bandstand on the Decatur Square.
“The purpose is to REMEMBER those who have died from police action and those police who have died in the line of duty; to BUILD community in Decatur; and to catalyze people to ACT for change,” the event announcement says.
The event comes after a summer of turmoil surrounding interactions between police officers and the black community. Following the shooting of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas and three police officers were killed in Louisiana.