After a recent flurry of high-profile suspect deaths and grand jury decisions, the Carolina Peace Resource Center is organizing a non-violent protest to be held on the steps of the Statehouse Tuesday evening to address police brutality and use of force.
David Matos, president of the Carolina Peace Resource Center, said the local protest, which will be held at 5 p.m., is part of a nationwide movement attempting to bring light to police-related deaths of African-American suspects under the hashtag “#thisstopstoday.”
Matos said the protest is not directed to South Carolina law enforcement agencies in particular, but to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
“There is a pattern of unacceptable racial bias,” Matos said. “We know they have a dangerous job to do, but we think this pattern is unacceptable and they need to do better on a nationwide scale.”
In a statement released from the organization Tuesday, Matos said the protests were sparked by the “non-indictment in the Eric Garner case and other incidents of police killings and excessive force that disproportionately affect people of color.”
Matos said the Carolina Peace Resource Center organized a non-violent protest two weeks ago at the Statehouse after after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The protest to be held Tuesday evening is in response to a grand jury’s decision Wednesday to not indict a New York police officer in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, who was selling individual cigarettes on the street.
Matos said he has seen a large amount of reservations for the protest on the organization’s Facebook account and hopes to have at least 100 people in attendance.