INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Hundreds of people marched on the City-County Building Monday,calling for peace in the streets and for a city of respect.
Alluding to the biblical story of the Battle of Jericho,organizers led protestors around the city government building seventimes.
The Baptist Minister’s Alliance organized the march.Alliance leaders are calling for charges to be filed against allthe IMPD officers involved in the beating of 15-year-old Brandon Johnson .
Johnson was beaten outside his east side home May 16. Officersarrested him for resisting, but charges were never filed. Of thefive IMPD officers involved, the police chief has recommended onebe terminated.
“The incident puts us all in the position to ask thequestion, who committed the crime?” said Bishop T. GarretBenjamin.
The protest comes one day after the Reverend Al Sharpton spokeout about the beating.
The clergy members are also irate with the mayor. They say he isignoring their requests to sit down together.
Brandon Johnson attended the rally and March. He talked to24-Hour News 8, but said he could not comment on the policebeating.
“I'm healing up just fine. I'm doing bettereveryday,” said Johnson.
Johnson added that things have gotten harder for him.
“Keep going on day by day. It gets tougher,” saidJohnson.
Organizers say there is much to be done to improve communityrelations with IMPD in light of the beating.
Those that walked are hopeful their actions will make adifference.
“It is a peaceful march and it is for the young man. It isalso for justice for everyone,” said Donna Williams who tookpart in the march.
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