About 250 people with different disabilities has joined the protest against police brutality in America. The team led by Teighlor McGee, who own an online platform called the Black Disability Collective are saying NO to police brutality.
To make the protest more inclusive, Atines Davis, flew in from Maryland to Milwaukee for the protest, She taught the crowd how to sign “Black Lives Matter and NO To Police Brutality” in American Sign Language.
"Police brutality and harassment is becoming too much, we do not care about the color or pigmentation, what we care about is that we are human and we belong to the human race," Teighlor said.
The protest began at Arrow Park, Milwaukee. The protest started with strict adherence to social distancing rules, a disinfection procedure, the crowd had a minute of silence for Floyd George, they also had a minute of silence for Dontre Hamilton who was shot 14 times by a Milwaukee police officer who had not received any specialized training on interacting with people with disabilities in 2015. Dotre Hamilton had schizophrenia.
Since 2015 till date, more than 22 percent of people shot and killed by police in the America for no justifiable reason had a known physical or mental disability.
In 2010 in Seattle, John Williams, a Native American woodcarver who was deaf in one ear, was carrying his carving knife and piece of wood when a police officer told him to put the knife down. Williams did not immediately respond, and the officer shot Williams multiple times.
One of the protestors, Ross Nitty said he has felt threatened himself. He has limited mobility in his arms and legs due to a gunshot wound, and uses gloves.
“When I’m driving I have gloves on,” Ross said. “I have had police officers pull me over with guns drawn like, ‘Why do you have gloves on?’ They’re not being trained properly."
The protest against police brutality in Milwaukee is one of the biggest accessible protest in the world.