Dec 8, 2014 10:51 AM
Marchers at US Capitol protest police killings
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) Protesters with signs bearing names of black Americans killed by police marched outside the U.S. Capitol and the Justice Department on Monday in peaceful demonstrations demanding a human rights investigation.
Late Monday afternoon, protesters walked on Connecticut Avenue toward DuPont Circle. D.C. police said on the department's official Twitter feed. Some protesters staged a "die-in," lying on the sidewalk in cold temperatures, many of them with tape covering their mouths.
The protesters blocked traffic at Connecticut Avenue and L Street in northwest. They were saying in call and response "Show me what democracy looks like. Some carried a sign that says #wecan'tbreathe.
At the Capitol, about two dozen protesters were met by a line of police who stopped them from advancing toward the building. The protesters stood side by side to mourn black Americans killed by police. They said they were seeking an international investigation of U.S. police violence.
A number of protests have been staged around the country following recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, over the deaths of unarmed blacks.
Zoe Spencer, a Virginia State University associate professor and protest organizer, said the names and characters of victims have been dragged through the mud "to justify their own murders."
Shouts of "Hands up, don't shoot" began as protesters marched away from the Capitol but quickly changed to chants of "Fists up, fight back."
Demonstrations at both sites in the District of Columbia were peaceful.
Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Jessica Gresko contributed to this report.