July 22, 2016

Standing on the corner of Liberty Avenue and Wood Street, Joe Kennedy held a paper sign Thursday. It read, “I am a human being.”

“Systems change when change is demanded, and I’m here to demand change,” said Kennedy, 48. “It is unacceptable that in a society that calls itself the land of the free and the home of the brave, black men are being gun downed at taxpayer expense by law enforcement.”

Kennedy joined hundreds of protestors downtown on Thursday for a Black Lives Matter demonstration demanding more accountability for police officers and an end to the use of police dogs. Organizers said the event was also intended to bring more awareness to the story of Bruce Kelley Jr., who earlier this year was shot and killed by Port Authority police earlier after Kelley stabbed a police dog sent after him.

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