Rally, march on Capitol Hill against police brutality goes smoothly

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SEATTLE — The crowd was small but enthusiastic and passionate about what they see as a growing problem with police brutality.

They marched for nearly two hours, weaving block by block through Capitol Hill.

They carried signs, burned the American flag and chanted things about the police that can’t be said on television.

marchThey blocked traffic and frustrated neighbors.

“I disagree. I don’t think all cops are bad. I think it ridiculous to group them all together,” student Melanie Clayton said.

Before the march, a rally was held at Seattle Central Community College.

Posters carried the names and faces of those killed by police, including Prince Gavin.

“This shouldn’t have happened, none of this should have happened. He was a two-time war veteran.  He served his country. He was a good man. Prince was shot and killed for holding his gun up in the air.  A bullet pierced his heart and he died,” Gavin’s girlfriend, Jolene Ward, said.

Queen Pearl attended the demonstration in memory of Michael Eely.

“At the end of the day he died because I believe 19 officers suffocating him and it was ruled justifiable homicide,” Pearl said.

“I just want better training for the officers.  There has to be better training, better communication.  You just can’t shoot somebody,” Ward said.

The group was outnumbered by police, at least two to one.

Fortunately, the demonstration went off without a hitch.

No one was hurt and no one was arrested.

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