News One is reporting Black Lives Matter founder Patriss Cullors lead a protest at Netroots Nation in Phoenix, Arizona, effectively shutting down the speeches of presidential hopefuls, former Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“It’s not like we like shutting sh*t down, but we have to,” Cullors said. “We are tired of being interrupted.”
With shouts of “Black lives matter!” and “Say her name!” two hashtags that have been used to raise awareness about state-sanctioned violence against Black people in the United States, protesters refused to be silenced even as O’Malley and Sanders tried to stick to their talking points.
In recent weeks Sandra Bland, 28, and Kindra Chapman, 18, were found dead in their jail cells. Chicagoan Bland was in Texas for a new job when she was pulled over for a traffic stop and was later arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer, only to be later found dead from apparent asphyxiation. Officials said that her death was a suicide, but her family and friends refuse to believe that Bland took her own life. The FBI is now investigating her death.
Chapman had been arrested for first-degree burglary for allegedly taking a cell phone and was found unresponsive a little over an hour after being booked into jail. The Alabama teen was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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