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"Take back our streets" rally held in Colorado Springs

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 14:24:24-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Instead of taking the protests downtown, one group decided to take the conversation on systemic racism into their own neighborhoods

About 50 people gathered Saturday at John Adams Park, for a "Take Back Our Streets" rally.

"This is where our people are at. Devon Bailey died right over there," said protester Kalani LeSane. "They aren't going downtown and killing our own, they are coming here," she said.

The group chanted and held signs, walking by several neighborhoods in the area.

News 5 spoke to some organizers, who say what the state and city officials have done, to reform policing is a start, but more needs to happen.

"If things change systemically, all of us will benefit from that," LeSane said. "If you look at this park it's nice and manicured, but if you look across the street we have potholes, and things look different. They'll take care of downtown but when it comes to us, it's oh well."

After the march the protesters lead conversations on inequality in the U.S., with some people pointing out the gaps in housing, healthcare, and education.