Black Lives Matter

QC Solidarity Marchers Demand Change

Jul 8, 2016
Quad Citians marched from the Rock Island Police Department to the Davenport Police Department in a solidarity march.
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About 250 people gathered Friday evening to march from the Rock Island Police Department to the Davenport Police Department. The Quad Cities March for Solidarity was the first of its kind in the Quad Cities area to support to the Black Lives Matter movement. The march coincided with demonstrations across the country in the wake of two videos this week showing the shooting deaths of black men by police officers.

Citizens Organize Peaceful QC March For Solidarity

Jul 8, 2016
Protesters marched in St. Paul, Minn. following the death of Philando Castile.
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Thursday night, dozens of people gathered at Life Church in East Moline, Ill. for prayer and an open forum in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of two black men this week by police officers in Baton Rouge and a town near St. Paul, Minn. The citizens who gathered at the church organized the Quad Cities' first Black Lives Matter march.

A crowd of community members gather outside the Governor's Residence in Saint Paul, Minn.
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There were two more highly visible incidents of police killings of citizens this week, one in Baton Rouge and another in a town near St. Paul, Minn.

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