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Cincinnati Black Lives Matter group marches in response to nationwide shootings

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati members of the group "Black Lives Matter" marched downtown on Friday in solidarity with other protests happening around the country.

Members of the movement, which is now in its third year, say their aim is to end the killing of African-Americans by police. On Friday night, they chanted and protested on the sidewalk next to the Cincinnati Police Headquarters about their mission.

By 8 p.m., more than 100 protestors had converged downtown, many of whom were holding signs showing some of the names we've seen on newspaper headlines, names that have permeated the news, names of black men killed by police.

"Recently, because of what happened to Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and what happened in Ferguson, there has been a large movement that has begun," said Ashley Harrington, an organizer with the movement.

Black Lives Matter demonstrations have recently swept through the country in the wake of the shootings in Chicago and Minneapolis.

"After what happened in Chicago, there have been a response around the country since these shootings have happened, especially the shooting in Minneapolis against the protestors who were occupying," said chief organizer Brian Taylor.

Their call for change soon took to the streets as the group marched to city hall chanting things like "no justice, no peace, no racist police."

"Our people are being murdered and treated unjustly in this country and cops aren't being held accountable and walking free,” expressed Harrington. “That’s way more important than anything else I can imagine."

Friday's growing crowd consisted of folks from all backgrounds who shared the same space and the same message while protesting. "There’s a growing resistance by all people from all backgrounds --- white, Latino, black, Arab --- to the police brutality and to the racism that we see going on," said Taylor.

Protestors told us their chants are simply cries for change -- and calls for justice.

Overall, the protests that stretched from police headquarters to the courthouse were peaceful and many of the protestors we spoke with said they hope the protests will stay that way.

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