Black Lives Matter

The world erupted after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. In New Orleans, activists have been holding rallies calling for police accountability and criminal justice reform in the weeks since then.

New Orleans Public Radio has been covering those rallies, and we talked to some New Orleans residents about why they’re out protesting — and their hopes for the future.

As cities across the nation grapple with their response to mass uprisings following the police killing of George Floyd, advocates and organizers in New Orleans continue to take to the streets this week to demand policy reform.

On the eighth consecutive day of protests in New Orleans in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands of people filled Decatur Street and the blocks around Jackson Square.

A day after protesters squared off with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) on the Crescent City Connection, an incident that ended with officers tear-gassing them, demonstrators held a peaceful protest Thursday night without incident.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said police made every effort to avoid conflict with protestors who were attempting to cross the Crescent City Connection on Wednesday night. At a Thursday press conference, he showed reporters two videos that he said prove that officers deployed tear gas as a last resort.

New Orleans police launched tear gas on a crowd of protesters near the top of the Crescent City Connection late Wednesday night.

Hundreds marched through downtown New Orleans and flooded the interstate Tuesday night during the fifth consecutive day of protests organized in response to the police killing of George Floyd. 

About 50 people gathered at Claiborne and Esplanade avenues in New Orleans late Friday morning to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and police violence toward black people around the country.

As of noon, the protest was growing and ongoing.

Delicate Balance Shifting in Baton Rouge

Jul 11, 2016
Sue Lincoln

With chants of “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”  and “Black Lives Matter!”, protest marches and rallies in the wake of the Alton Sterling shooting continued in Louisiana’s capital city Sunday.

“Right now we are hurt, enraged, and beyond ready for a change. We need to take these strong feelings and turn it into motivation,” one teen-aged speaker at a rally on the Capitol steps said, earning cheers and applause from the crowd of several thousand.