As if the streets aren’t busy enough during the holidays, here come the protestors. This seems to be trending all over the internet ever since the death of Trayvon Martin.
Thursday night protestors were laying in the middle of Conroy Road near the Mall at Millenia chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Whose streets? Our streets!”
This has become familiar sightings nationwide as groups continue to protest what they say was excessive police force in the deaths of unarmed black men, like 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and 43-year-old Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.
Protesters lay in the street for 15 1/2 minutes to represent the 11 times Garner said “I can’t breathe”, and another 4 1/2 to symbolize the number of hours Brown spent on the ground after his death.
This was causing the streets of the mall to have drivers honking, some in support, and others in frustration. “You’re inconvenienced for 15 1/2 minutes. Imagine what the black community feels like when we’re stopped and frisked,” said Keisha Robinson, 29, founder of the organization Brown Boys Matter and one of the protest’s organizers.
These protestors feltl it’s OK to inconvenience people for a little bit because there’s a purpose behind it, and sometimes people don’t see it until it’s at their front door, or in this case at their shopping mall.
There was a heavy presence of Orlando police officers on hand during the demonstration. There were mostly on-lookers as the protest was peaceful causing only minor traffic delays and no arrests.
One of the protestors said “The passion for what we were out here for took over”. “The people honking and telling us to go home didn’t matter.”
Another protestor said the rally was her way to show respect for the 20th century civil rights movement.
Tiffany Matondo and her family came in an SUV decorated with protest slogans “Hands up don’t shoot!” and “Stop police brutality!” “We’re not against the police. We just want them to be able to ask questions instead of shooting.