FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) “I can’t breathe is what I screamed at 15 (years old) when the cops laughed and said, ‘If you can’t breathe, how are you talking?’ A trained response, images flood my sleep…”
A thousand people gathered at the Golden Heart Plaza shouting 'Hands up! Don't shoot!'
Powerful words from Siqiniq Maupin one of the speakers during today’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Rally and March.
More than a thousand people gathered outside at Veteran’s Memorial Park before taking to the streets.
Volunteers in policing blocked off traffic and community members marched down Cushman Street toward the Golden Heart Plaza.
This rally was in memory of George Floyd, who died after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis Police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, even though Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe", and was unresponsive for roughly the last 3 of those minutes.
The Fairbanks Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Native Movement organized the march to call for protection of black and brown lives.
“We want to help people just relieve their pain, enough is enough.” Benny Colbert The NAACP President said. “It’s time to come together, it’s time to make a change. We hear you, those rioters although they are rioting and everything else, they want to be heard. So we are here to let Alaska set an example on how we do things peaceful and in solidarity. With everyone’s help here, we will get legislation changed, especially for our state,” said Colbert.
Today's march was one of many community gatherings around the country calling for more protection for people of color.