A protest in the capital city today to demand justice for Alton Sterling turned into a heated debate inside of city hall.
The protest called for people to skip work or school and meet on the steps of city hall at noon.
It started with a rally where Gary Chambers, a local community activist, referenced the quick decision in the shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma that saw a police officer charged in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.
He said, “At the end of the day, we don’t have to wait for a Department of Justice decision to decide that we have a problem in our policing. We don’t have to wait for a murder to happen in our community to decide that we have to do something about our police department. At the end of the day we as people should not fear the people that protect and serve our communities”.
The protest was originally going to be a march from the steps of city hall all the way to the governor’s mansion, but once word hit the crowd that a meeting about community policing was taking place upstairs, the crowd headed for the elevators to make their voices heard.
The group filed in and surrounded the committee and then the meeting turned into a heated argument.
Even after the meeting was dismissed, the debate continued in the hall where family and friends of Alton confronted the East Baton Rouge District Attorney, Hillar Moore.
Shouting, “They took Alton away from us and you have those two officers on a paid vacation off of our tax dollars”.
Once the screaming stopped and the room cleared, people said that they have more questions than ever.
When will we see a decision and where will that decision lead Baton Rouge?