Frustration over the decision not to indict a police officer involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy spilled into the streets of Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Black Lives Matter protesters marched through downtown Tuesday night in the wake of the Cleveland decision following Tamir Rice's death at the hands of police.
Protestors began the rally at Findlay Playground in Over-The-Rhine where demonstrators called for authorities in Cleveland to reopen the case. They called the decision not to indict a "miscarriage of justice.” They said the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer responsible for Rice's death is unacceptable.
Shortly before the march began, we spoke with Brian Taylor who is one of the primary organizers of Black Lives Matter about the importance of this demonstration. “What we see is another line in the book that’s filled with pages and pages of injustice that takes place when you have a killing of an unarmed person by police," Taylor said.
Members of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is now in its third year, say their aim is to end the killing of African-Americans by police. The most recent incident of this is the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland Police.
"This is important to me because if they can get away with it there, then they can get away with it anywhere," said Rosemary Parker who participated in the rally.
The grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer involved in Rice's death sparked the Black Lives Matter group to organize Tuesday's rally as a way to call for authorities in Cleveland to reopen the case.
"It's a grave time and it's a time when some arrests and some jail time needs to be rendered or you're going to have a lot of problems," Taylor told us.
"I think there's a lot of systematic racism here and in many other cities,” said Thurman Wenzel, who also participated in the march and the rally on Tuesday night. “I think the background of a lot of the police violence is that police and other people making assumptions when they see a young black male."
The group's call for change soon took to the streets as the group marched the police station chanting things like "black kids matter" and "no justice, no peace, no racist police."
"It's just time for a change to happen within the judicial system," Brian Taylor told the crowd. Protestors told us their chants are cries for change and calls for justice.
Organizers also asked everyone who participated in the march to bring a new, unopened toy that will be distributed to children in the community in honor of Tamir Rice.