A small group of activists retraced their steps Thursday night to “finish the march” from the July 7 demonstration that ended in a deadly shooting.
Friday will mark one year since the deadly ambush attack on Dallas officers who were working a protest against police brutality.
Jeff Hood with the Next Generation Action Network was one of the main organizers of the 2016 protest. But the Thursday rally drew only a handful of people.
Organizers say they're disappointed, but not surprised, by the lackluster turnout due to the fact that last year's protest ended in gunfire. But despite the murder of the five police officers, organizers say they will continue to fight against police brutality.
The few dozen protestors who gathered for the “finish the march” stood shoulder to shoulder on the steps of the Old Red Courthouse located near the Downtown Dallas streets where many people were marching when the police ambush erupted.
“I think it is so important to continue having this conversation because tomorrow, and perhaps even at the event tonight, you're going to have, ‘Blue lives matter,’” Hood said. “But when do we talk about black and brown lives matter?”
“In order for us to completely come up with solutions and continue to fight, we have to get over what we're afraid of and still spread the message,” said Shunkecia Lewis, who attended the protest last year.
After the rally Thursday, the protestors stopped near the Bank of America building to say a prayer for the five officers who died. The group then marched a couple of blocks back to the old courthouse while chanting slogans against police brutality. The event ended peacefully.
Hood wore the same robe he had on at last year's protest. He says he's donating it to the July 7 memorabilia archive currently housed at the Dallas Public Library.