SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The killing of two black men by police has sparked outrage and protests across the nation, including in the Capital Region.
Dozens marched in the streets of Schenectady while chanting on Thursday. They held signs in solidarity of two black men killed by police in two days.
“Sadly, the next killing could be here in Schenectady, Albany, Troy, these surrounding areas; who knows,” march organizer G’Andre White said.
White’s anger has been bubbling up.
“This is happening over and over again throughout these past couple of years, and it’s really sickening,” he said.
On Tuesday, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, La. Police were responding to a 911 call for a man with a gun. They tackled Sterling and shot him.
The Baton Rouge police chief said Sterling didn’t follow orders and was armed. But video of the incident does not appear to show Sterling with a gun or reaching for one.
One day later, 32-year-old Philando Castile was killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota after he allegedly warned police he had a gun he was licensed to carry. Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath on Facebook. She said he was reaching for his license and registration when he was shot.
“People will come up with reasons, and people will say this is actually what happened,” march organizer Oriana Miles said. “I just…that person died. That person is gone.”
At first, Miles was sad. Then she was angry. Now, she’s just scared for her little brother who’s growing older.
“Because my brother is going to be older and bigger and people will see him like that: bigger and blacker,” she said. “And he is so kind hearted and people won’t see him as that. They’ll see him as a scary, black man.”
Kids and adults marched as a way to grieve and lend support and to express anger and, above all, spark change.
The police officers involved in both Louisiana and Minnesota have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigations unfold.
Black Lives Matter will hold another march in Albany at 5:30 p.m. in Albany at Dana Park.