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Community groups hold Akron police to account

AKRON, Ohio — A group of activists held a press conference in Akron Thursday at 11 a.m. to hold Akron police to account.

Watch the press conference live in the video player below:

Community organizers hold press conference to hold Akron police to account

The Freedom BLOC, including Reverend Ray Green Jr., as well as Brad Stephens of Serve the People – Akron and Ben Gifford with Akron DSA spoke at the press conference to issue a statement on implementing changes in the city.

“We are not here to have a conversation when we are under militarized occupation, while there are guns pointed at us, with tear gas and pepper spray suffocating us,” organizers said in a statement. hurry. “We are here to see the blame. The people of Akron and surrounding communities are hurt and dying. Local police have waged war on peaceful protesters and innocent neighbors. It is the police that have escalated with each No. Disarm and demilitarize all local police entities and forces”.

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