Days of demonstration: Where Philly is protesting police brutality

Activists and residents have taken to city streets every day since Alton Sterling was killed.

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Philly Coalition for REAL Justice

Since Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge last week and video of his death reverberated across the country, Philadelphia has been protesting.

This morning represented the sixth consecutive day of demonstrations against police brutality in Philadelphia. And though about a dozen people were arrested for blocking I-676 on Wednesday, the protests have been largely peaceful and other mass arrests haven’t been reported since then.

Here’s a breakdown of the protests that have already taken place, the ones that are scheduled and a look at where demonstrators marched:

Tuesday, July 5

Alton Sterling is killed by an officer in Baton Rouge and video footage of his death circulates across the nation.

Wednesday, July 6

In Philly: A dozen people are taken into custody after a protest blocks I-676 in Philadelphia following Sterling’s death. Wednesday night’s demonstration was called “Alton Sterling Philly Response #ShutShitDown.” It was organized by Erica Mines, a demonstrator with the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice, and Asa Khalif, a Black Lives Matter organizer in Philadelphia and the cousin of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was killed by police in December 2014 after a traffic stop.

Nationally: Philando Castile is killed by police in Minnesota during a traffic stop. His girlfriend broadcasted the immediate aftermath of him being shot on Facebook Live and graphic video of his death quickly spread.

Thursday, July 7

In Philly: About 500 people take part in a protest and rally that started at 6 p.m. near the Convention Center. The peaceful protest was put together by Philadelphia clergy and Black Lives Matter organizers and snaked around Center City, ending with a rally at the Arch Street United Methodist Church.

Nationally: Five police officers are killed in Dallas after a man opens fire on police during a protest in the city. The gunman, who police said targeted officers as “payback,” was killed during a standoff with the Dallas Police Department.

Friday, July 8

Hundreds of people in Philly march in two separate groups from North Philadelphia to Center City. One of Friday’s protests began at 6 p.m. at 22nd and Lehigh and was the start of Philly Coalition for REAL Justice’s planned “Weekend of Rage for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.” A second protest began at Broad and Erie at 5 p.m., and the two groups at one point converged in front of City Hall.

The protests commenced as presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke on the issue of police brutality at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during a gathering of leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Here’s what she said:

Saturday, July 9

The Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice continues the “weekend of rage” and organizes a march that started at Mascher and Cambria in Fairhill. The group of several hundred people marched to the 24th and 25th police districts with the goal of disrupting police activity. There were no arrests reported, and the demonstration was described as “militant,” but not violent.

At one point, a small counter protest also showed up.

Sunday, July 10

Several hundred people protested Sunday night in a March on Market Street that began at 40th and Market and went all the way to Penn’s Landing with a stop in front of City Hall, blocking traffic at 15th and Market streets. The protest was organized on Facebook and titled “Silence = consent: Rage Against Police Terrorism.”

Monday, July 11

A morning protest took place, blocking traffic at 15th and Market streets while demonstrators read aloud the names of individuals killed by police. After a brief march around Center City, the protesters went to City Hall. The event was put together by the Philadelphia branch of Showing Up for Racial Justice.

Another protest is planned to take place this evening beginning at 5 p.m. at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

Wednesday, July 13

Protest leaders from Sunday’s march are planning a march Wednesday that is set to begin at 4 p.m. at City Hall. Organizers hope to have a crowd of more than 1,000 people.

At 6:30 p.m., a police support rally is taking place at Frankford and Cottman in Mayfair.

Friday, July 15

A Black Lives Matter vigil is planned for 5 p.m. at City Hall. 

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