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Group protesting shootings by police holds rally in Washington Park

Demonstrators in Cincinnati gathered in Washington Park Saturday to remember the lives of black men killed by police. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) Demonstrators in Cincinnati gathered in Washington Park Saturday to remember the lives of black men killed by police. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Demonstrators in Cincinnati gathered in Washington Park Saturday to remember the lives of black men killed by police.

The event was organized by a movement that's growing in strength and numbers called "Black Lives Matter"

Organizers describe "Black Lives Matter" as a peaceful movement that seeks to hold police accountable for the murders of unarmed black men and tonight their lives were remembered.

There was a lighting of candles and then the names of those killed by police, just since 2013, were read aloud. The participants chanted “John Crawford III....your life matters. Tyree Woodson....your life matters. Michael Brown....your life matters.”

There was singing including a song by Zeal Williams whose words had the crowd mesmerized. “I can hear my neighbor crying I can't breathe. I'm calling out, calling out the racist police.”

The crowd also sang a song with lyrics honoring those who died at the hands of police. 

“Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all. Which side are you on now which side are you on.”

Organizer Christina Brown says the demonstrators believe they are on the side of justice and she led a chant which got them fired up. 

“Are you ready, are you ready. Yeah, I'm ready. Yeah, I'm ready. Are you hyped, are you hyped. Yeah, I'm hyped, yeah I'm hyped,” said Brown.

Brown says rallies like this are aimed at keeping people engaged. 

“We want people to leave with the determination that they are going to drive whatever the movement is to become," said Brown.

Organizer Brian Taylor says the movement is just getting started. 

“We mourn today, but we're tired of being tired, as many people have pointed out which is why we will continue to carry out our educational activities and actions and demonstrations to bring this to light,” said Taylor.

The movement is also gaining traction thanks to the efforts of people like Catherine Roma who says she cares about all the victims of police shootings. 

“I care about Ohio. I care about that we are mindful of each other's lives. All lives really matter, but Black lives really matter because it seems to be there's something happening right now in our country and I want this movement to build and I want it to continue,” said Roma.

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