In April 2019, a Hamden police officer and Yale police officer shot at two Black residents, Stephanie Washington and Paul Witherspoon — sparking citywide protests over police brutality. More than two years later, hundreds of protestors marched through the streets once again, chanting “No Justice No Peace” and demanding the abolition of the police.
Sunday’s march, “A Rally for All Victims of Police Violence,” began at New Haven City Hall and ended at the Yale Police Department headquarters.
The event was facilitated by organizers from the Central Connecticut branch of the Democratic Socialists of America, including Hamden councilman Justin Farmer. Community activists and organizations who spoke at the march included Rhonda Caldwell of Hamden Action Now, Concerned and Organized Graduate Students at Yale, Sunrise New Haven, the New Haven Sex Workers and Allies Network and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Protestors demanded justice for victims of police brutality, such as Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright. They also called for the dismantling of the Yale Police Department and asked the University to further invest in the New Haven community.