“No justice, no peace, no more racist police,” was among the many chants heard from the thousands of protesters who flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to voice their opposition to the death of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old man shot and killed by police on Aug. 11. According to The Huffington Post, the rally attendees congregated outside the Los Angeles Police Department, many of them carrying signs that expressed their indignation over Ford’s death and the seemingly endless incidences of police brutality, especially against unarmed civilians.
Despite the growing tensions, particularly in light of the Ferguson protests, the large rally was devoid of violence, with police officers peacefully escorting the crowd that quickly grew from hundreds to thousands of people marching for justice. One thing the rally didn’t lack was a wide range of protesters from all backgrounds, including Sandra Nunez, a mother who fears for the future of her black teenage son. She told The Huffington Post:
“I not only fear gang members killing my son, I fear police killing my son. I feel helpless, because I don’t know who will protect him from them.”
Amongst some of the protesters’ demands were a call for police activities to be frequently monitored by civilians and an additional rule that requires police officers to wear body cameras.