Nationally, thousands continue to protest under the messages #blacklivesmatter #justiceforall and #nojusticenopeace. Locally, on December 20th, a peaceful demonstration will take place along a busy road in Lafayette.
It’s the Saturday before Christmas; a big shopping day, which is why Denise Gobert decided to hold a protest of solidarity along Ambassador Caffery.
“We want to have the support of different people and expose people to the different experiences others have,” said Gobert.
A few protests have already taken place in the Hub City, and countless have taken place nationally. They are all in response to grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the cases of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. However, there are the cases of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, which are now all symbols in the justice for all movement.
“One way to be happy is to be treated equally by your neighbor, who may or may not look like you,” Gobert said.
News Ten’s Hope Ford asked, “What do you say to people who say that’s happening in Ferguson and that’s not our problem?”
Gobert responded, “It is our problem. We have cases that happen like that here. It can happen anywhere. One that caught my attention was the case of Victor White.”
Victor White,III death was ruled a suicide. Recently, his family began an online petition to change the official ruling of the cause of death to homicide, as they are still questioning how their son shot and killed himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car.
Gobert called herself a concerned citizen but said, “When there are issues that need to be discussed sometimes you have to take on the role of being an activist as well.”
When describing her purpose for the march, “To petition the role of police, to encourage police to have more training with different cultures and trained not to use deadly force unless absolutely necessary. Also, officer records should be easily assessed and people should understand that all lives matter.”
She also mentioned the importance of closing the widening gap between the police and the community.
“I know that there are people who uphold the law ethically. They act with integrity and I salute them, I applaud them. Thank you for doing your job. We appreciate you. In this situation, there are so many disconnects between different communities and the police and that needs to be addressed. People are standing up and we are addressing it.”
The march begins at 2pm at the intersection of Kaliste Saloom and Ambassador Caffery on Saturday, December 20th. Gobert said protesters will not enter any business along the route, which ends at the Acadiana Mall. Separate organizations such as Imani Temple, Bands of Blacks and Peace for MLK are also expected to join.