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Locals protest over Breonna Taylor case

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Carbondale, Ill. (WSIL) -- Protestors who were upset with the grand jury's decision in the Breonna Taylor case showed their disappointment with a march in Carbondale.

The Director of the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition, Nancy Maxwell, said they felt like they needed to march in protest because they believe Breonna Taylor did not get justice.

As many as 50 protesters marched from the Carbondale Police Department to the pavilion in the city's square. Jerricha Griffith, a law student and president of the SIU Law Social Justice Initiative, is disheartened by the outcome of the case.

"As a black woman, I'm not surprised by it at all, but it doesn't stop it from hurting. It doesn't stop the impact. Not something surprising to me at all," said Griffin.

That lack of urgency is why activist Maxwell is holding the protest.

"This is something that we won't tolerate. We don't want it here, nor do we want it to happen there. Basically, we are supporting Breonna Taylor," said Maxwell.

Griffin said she does not believe America will find justice in reform, only in a revolution.

"For justice to be truly realized in this country, we have to dismantle and destroy certain establishments and rebuild them," said Griffin.

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Denise Turner

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