Hundreds of Chattanoogans have taken to the streets every night for a week to protest police brutality and demand local criminal justice reform following the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer last month.
While many protesters have used the outlet to vent general frustrations with law enforcement, organizer Cameron C-Grimey Williams told the group on Tuesday that the events were about more than grieving Floyd. They were about demanding tangible changes to local law enforcement, prisons and governance.
"We're not just here because we're frustrated and angry. We're here because we have demands for real change," Williams said. "Our demands are simple and can be met if our government and our people decide to work together."
The demands were distilled on Saturday to one list shared with the Times Free Press by #ICantBreatheCHA, Concerned Citizens for Justice, The Unity Group, the African American Women's Coalition and the Community Haven Chattanooga.