From Florida Today
Chanting for 'Justice,' march goes to city hall
Brion Plummer had one simple message as he stood shoulder to shoulder with several other youth in the hot afternoon sun.“I’m here because black lives do matter and I love my city,” the 16-year-old Palm Bay High student said as he and about 150 others braved the heat to march in a peace rally along U.S. 1, chanting “no justice, no peace” under the watchful eye of patrol officers from the Melbourne Police Department.“This was pretty great. I like the feeling that people can come together. I don’t believe it’s good for anyone to die.”The rally joined a national call for a re-evaluation of law enforcement tactics and a recent spate of officer-involved shootings across the nation — including the recent shooting death of 25-year-old Clarence Howard in Palm Bay. Organizers included a wide range of supporters from a local Black Lives Matters movement in south Brevard led by Barry Thompson, father’s rights activist David Henry and several churches.