Protesters march through downtown Minneapolis wanting justice for Sandra Bland


Protesters took to the streets in downtown Minneapolis Friday evening calling for justice over the death of African American woman Sandra Bland in Texas.

The International Business Times reports that demonstrators chanted "You can't stop the revolution, black power is the solution," and the popular slogan "Black lives matter."

The group made stops on Hennepin and Marquette Avenues downtown before stopping to hold chants and speeches outside Hennepin County Jail on S. 4th Ave.

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">Unicorn Riot showed protesters at one point throwing a mock noose over a Minneapolis police officer's head, and holding banners during the march, one of which said "Stop killing us."

It follows the death of Sandra Bland in her jail cell in Texas, which has re-opened the debate of police treatment of black people in the United States.

Bland, 28, was found hanged in her cell on July 13, three days after she was pulled over by a traffic officer for failing to signal when changing lanes, the Washington Post reports.

Dash cam footage and audio recordings show that what start out as a regular traffic stop turned confrontational when Bland refused to put out a cigarette, with Mother Jones reporting Officer Brian Encinia ordered her out of the car and at one point said: "I'm going to drag you out of here."

The argument continued outside the car, with Bland eventually being brought to the ground and held there by the officer as she said: "You just slammed my head into the ground, do you not even car about that?"

Her death has seen activists questioning why she was held for three days in Waller County Jail (where she was charged with assault on a public servant) for what started out as a traffic stop, as well as criticizing the officer's alleged aggressive demeanor.

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