Every year on October 22, citizens around the country gather in a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. This year the local chapter of the October 22nd Coalition gathered at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, the traditional civil rights meeting point in Pittsburgh. Residents came out to remember Stoney Bey, Jerry Jackson, Jonny Gammage, Craig Guest, Maurice Hall, Lawrence Powell, Raynard Bloxson, Deron Grimmitt, Charles E. Lloyd Michael Platt, Thomasina Brown, James B. Lewis, Michael Hunter, Bernard Rodgers, Charles Dixon, Dion Hall, Andrea Umphrey, Michael Ellerbe and so many more victims of police brutality.
Earlier that day, Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) and other area youth rallied and marched through Bloomfield, Friendship, Garfield and East Liberty to raise these important issues in their local neighborhoods. Organizers said these areas have not received as much exposure to police brutality events as downtown, the Hill District and areas outside the city but suffer from it nonetheless.
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