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Videos show police pushing, shouting at participants of Justice for Breonna Taylor event

Grand Rapids Police Department File
Posted at 4:49 PM, Jul 13, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Videos taken after a car parade in honor of Breonna Taylor’s life show several participants getting into an altercation with Grand Rapids police after the event.

Around 6 p.m. Sunday, about 100 people parked their cars on Fulton Street from Division to LaGrave, in an attempt to block traffic and hold the event at the intersection of Division and Fulton.

Videos from one of the participants, Rori Harris, show officers shouting at and pushing some of the participants.

Harris said the altercations happened after the car and bike parade.

Police described Sunday’s parade as an unpermitted “pop-up” event and arrested five people for resisting and obstructing when officers tried to get participants to move out of the street. One of the cars being used to block traffic was towed.

“I, along with the community, continue to be saddened by the death of Breonna Taylor and understand the concerns about how her life was lost,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne said. “That is why I am actively working to improve community safety in Grand Rapids.

"I want this to be a city where all people feel safe and are safe at all times throughout our community."

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and former Grand Rapids resident, was shot dead by police during a no-knock warrant in March. Her death has fueled demonstrations across the country since tensions have broken out over other deaths of Black people at the hands of police.