On Sunday, May 31, 2020, a group of Shreveport citizens marched and protested police brutality as national demonstrations broke out following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and countless other black citizens who have been killed by the police.
Organizers and protesters called attention to Shreveport Police Department and demanded accountability and reform citing the deaths of Tommie McGlothen and Wavey Austin who are reported to have died in SPD custody, as well as Anthony Childs who was shot and killed after being stopped for sagging pants by SPD in 2019.
Organizers declared that they starting 45 days of action starting June 1st. Information on each day of action can be found by following the 45 Days of Action – Shreveport page on Facebook.
Groups across the city are currently working on demands for the reform of the Shreveport Police Department.
The next march is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at noon starting at the United States District Courthouse (300 Fannin Street) and will pass Government Plaza on its way to the City Courthouse.
Watch the march in its entirety below. Speeches can be found at 22 minutes and 1 hour 29 minutes.