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Church vandalized, one arrested during protest in downtown Raleigh

Posted July 30, 2020 12:24 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2020 6:22 a.m. EDT

— Protesters took the streets in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, calling for justice for David Brooks Jr. Brooks was shot and killed by Roxboro Police.

Raleigh protesters echoed demands of justice that Roxboro residents have been calling for and showed support for Brooks' grieving family.

Around 100 people took part in the protest, which started at Nash Square and eventually continued up and down streets in the area. People protesting were also standing up against police brutality in Portland.

During the march, at least one person was arrested and the side of a church was vandalized with Brooks' name. Someone spray painted "David Brooks Jr." on the First Baptist Church, which is located near the state capitol.

The protesters marched in the streets with speakers, waving flags and showed messages on posters. They marched for about three hours, making their way to Bloodworth Street. There, they chanting at a Raleigh Police officer, "Black Lives Matter."

After blocking traffic at McDowell Street and Martin Street, Raleigh police were seen taking one protester into custody.

This demonstration comes hours after the release of dash camera video showing the interaction that David Brooks Jr. had with police. Brooks' father said that this video shows his death is not justified.

The two police officers involved in his death are on administrative duty while the investigation plays out.

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