killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers
, protests and vigils at the convenience store where he died, and the killing of Philando Castile
, shot by police in Minnesota during a traffic stop, plans for protests and vigils are underway in New Orleans.
Event organizers for The 505
— a group named after Sterling as the 505th victim of a police shooting in 2016
— plan a "peaceful performative protest" outside New Orleans Police Department headquarters at 715 S. Broad St. Friday, July 8. It begins at 4 p.m. with a potluck followed by the sound of a gunshot at 5 p.m. to signal participants to lie on the ground until 6 p.m.:
"What police are doing in America today is unacceptable. The aim of this performance is to show our local police force how many people have died this year alone in the hands of their greater organization. We hope that they will see us on the ground as they head home to their families, and see us in their minds the next time they reach for their guns."
There also is a rally at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Lee Circle.