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Daytonians Rally To Honor Breonna Taylor And Other Victims Of Police Violence

Asia Rose Gibbs speaks to a crowd of over 50 at the steps of the Dayton federal building.
Leila Goldstein
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WYSO
Asia Rose Gibbs speaks to a crowd of over 50 at the steps of the Dayton Federal Building

There was a rally over the weekend in Dayton to honor Breonna Taylor. Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Police officers in her own home this past March. Protests erupted around the country again after a state grand jury in Kentucky failed to indict the officers for her death.

On Saturday afternoon, a crowd of more than 50 gathered at the federal building in downtown Dayton to commemorate Breonna Taylor and other victims of police violence. A number of Black women spoke at the rally, including Desiree Tims, the Democrat running for Dayton’s congressional seat.

Desiree Tims Speaking At This Weekend's Rally
Leila Goldstein
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WYSO
Desiree Tims Speaking At This Weekend's Rally

Tims moved the crowd from the steps of the courthouse into a socially- distanced circle in the courtyard’s grassy square. “Say her name. (Crowd: Breonna Taylor) Say her name (Crowd Breonna Taylor)." She said, "This is what justice looks like, what love looks like, what community looks like, and together we will be victorious in November.”

A group called A Better Dayton Coalition organized the event. The theme was Sisters Speaking Up And Speaking Out.

Environmental reporter Chris Welter is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.

Chris Welter is an Environmental Reporter at WYSO through Report for America. In 2017, he completed the radio training program at WYSO's Eichelberger Center for Community Voices. Prior to joining the team at WYSO, he did boots-on-the-ground conservation work and policy research on land-use issues in southwest Ohio as a Miller Fellow with the Tecumseh Land Trust.
While working at the station Leila Goldstein has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.