Hundreds rally for change in Wilmington

WILMINGTON (WPVI) -- "No justice. No peace."

That was the rally cry of hundreds echoing down Wilmington's King Street Monday night.

"We wanted to show our solidarity with what is happening across the nation," Dr. Donald Morton of the Complexities of Color Coalition said.

Keandra McDole walked for her brother Jeremy.

"It's been personal since September 23, 2015," McDole said.

In May, the Department of Justice ruled no criminal charges would be brought against the four Wilmington officers involved in his fatal shooting.

His story is one of many that are part of a national conversation.

"When I hear someone get murdered by the police, it's like it's my brother," McDole said.

The chant of all lives matter was one heard often with whites and blacks marching together in the rally.

"We have a responsibility to stand up for all people," Mila Brillant of Wilmington said.

"There is racism embedded in our criminal justice system, and we're trying to do what we can to as a mostly white congregation to help dismantle it," Reverend Roberta Finkelstein of the First Unitarian Church said.

When it comes to her son, Adriana Bohm of Wilmington fears the 'what if.'

"Every time he runs out the door to play with his friends, I wonder what's going to happen. We have to have discussions, what happens if the cops stop you, what happens if you get detained," Bohm said.

Larron Gadson of Chester was there to make a change and see it happen.

"It has to start with us, we have to come together in the community," Gadson said.

The group was also pushing for a more diverse police force in Wilmington. They were handing out employment applications encouraging those who were attending to sign up.
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