Community marches against police brutality in South Los Angeles

Community activists, clergy and politicians marched against police violence and brutality in South Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Community activists, clergy and politicians gathered in front of a Los Angeles Police Department station in South Los Angeles Saturday morning to march against police violence and brutality.

The March for Justice and Unity began at about 10 a.m. at the LAPD Southwest Division in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Participants could be heard chanting, "No justice. No peace," and "Hands up. Don't shoot."

The protest ended at Leimert Park, where a rally with special speakers was held.

"This is a demonstration of unity on the part of the Los Angeles community that says we are intolerant to the killing and brutal beatings that have been going on in our community for too long," said Danny Bakewell, publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Several protesters pointed to the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford. In August, the 25-year-old was fatally shot by LAPD officers near his home in South Los Angeles. Family members say Ford was mentally challenged and harmless.

Organizers called for special prosectors to open up investigations into police shooting deaths across the country and for improvements in community policing.

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