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Police protests

Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered under a brilliant blue sky on Saturday to join in nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Participants expressed themselves with a caravan of decorated cars and trucks. Other organizers also offered a food drive for the needy.

Editor’s Note: This audio contains disturbing police tape from the moments when Elijah McClain was arrested. 

Black musicians and protesters have gathered at violin vigils across the country for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died in police custody.

San Antonio ISD high school students hold a news conference to ask for more student input before the district's school board meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
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When Marsha Madrigal was in middle school, she thought it was normal to see her classmates in handcuffs.

But she knows now that not all schools have a significant police presence, and the odds of seeing your classmates arrested go up if you are Black, like she is.

The 2018 Fox Tech High School graduate wants the San Antonio Independent School District to remove police from its schools so future middle schoolers never think it’s normal to see classmates in handcuffs. 

Two men look on at protestors in San Antonio on May 30.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

In times of civil unrest or social upheaval, protests seek to raise awareness for a message or cause in solidarity with others. Crowds of people seeking to alter the status quo march in close proximity, often chanting, shouting and singing -- none of which are conducive to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.


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When football quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016, his intention was to protest racial injustice in America.

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On a Saturday late last month, a group of Constitution activists staged a protest outside the Leon Valley City Hall. The single story modern building also serves as the police station for the city of about 11,000 residents.