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[Photo Story] 3/20 Coalition Hosts ‘Justice For Breonna Taylor’ Protest, March

The 3/20 Coalition, along with the Penn State Black Caucus, Black Student-Athletes, and a host of community members, gathered at the Allen Street Gates Saturday to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and the verdict handed down in Breonna Taylor’s case this week.

The demonstration began with speeches from different representatives of advocacy groups around State College. Penn State Black Caucus President Nyla Holland bluntly said that “Happy Valley is not happy for all.”

Many protesters carried signs encouraging Black community members to speak up, take action, and fight against racial injustice and police brutality.

After some speeches, the protest evolved into a march. Protesters walked down College Ave., looped onto Beaver Ave., and finally returned to College Ave. to complete the route.

Saturday’s protest largely focused on Taylor, a Louisville nurse shot and killed by police in March. On September 23, a state grand jury indicted an involved officer not for her death, but on three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering a neighbor. The two other officers involved in the raid were not indicted.

Once the march wrapped up, community members offered some closing remarks. Protesters were encouraged to use chalk on the sidewalks and streets for their messages.

The protest and march were part of the second social justice event in town this week. Friday night, community members gathered for a candlelight vigil in Taylor’s honor.

The 3/20 Coalition formed following the death of State College resident Osaze Osagie, who was fatally shot in his home by a State College police officer serving a mental health warrant back in March 2019. Since then, the group has hosted multiple protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Michael Tauriello

Michael is a senior(!) majoring in industrial engineering originally hailing from outside of Frederick, Maryland and is Onward State's visual editor. In his spare time, he likes to explain to his friends why Mint Nittany ice cream is clearly superior to Bittersweet Mint, discuss '80s music as if it was just released yesterday, or stand around at the top of a parking deck. You can find him on Twitter talking about things only he finds interesting or making dad jokes @mtauriello_.

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