Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – BLM protest officer-involved shooting at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

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BLM protest officer-involved shooting at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

By Kara Dixon, WAVY, Virginia Beach

March 27, 2021

Black Lives Matter 757 protest he recent officer-involved shooting at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. WAVY Web Staff.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Black Lives Matter 757 held a protest Saturday night regarding the recent officer-involved shooting at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront…

The march was held to protest the officer-involved shooting and death of Donovon Lynch, who was shot and killed Friday night…

The group also raised concerns about police conducting an internal investigation and want Virginia State Police to take over.

“I don’t understand how this officer didn’t have their body cameras on just conveniently during the time of firing on this young Black king. But we need to make sure that all officers have body cameras functioning at all times,” said Japharii Jones, with Black Lives Matter 757.

Jones also said that investigators should also be required to wear body cameras and brought up Virginia Beach’s City Council’s decision to not allow citizens on their Investigative Review Panel the right to investigate and discipline officers.

The group says they will continue to protest at the Oceanfront most weekends and on major holidays until their is justice.

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