Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Friday evening in downtown Columbus, Ohio, demanding justice and transparency in the investigations into the killing of a black youth last week by the shooting of a deputy police chief outside his home.
“Reuters” said that the crowd marched in the city center towards the Ohio State Building chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police.” Some of the marchers spread out in the streets and obstructed traffic, but the gathering was peaceful and there was no news of anyone being arrested.
The protest comes a week after Casey Christopher Goodson, 23, was shot dead by the Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy while searching for a fugitive in the Northland district where Goodson lives.
Authorities quoted the officer as saying that he saw Godson carrying a pistol and opened fire when Goodson ignored the attorney’s order to lay down the weapon.
The Goodson family said he was returning from a local sandwich shop and was hit in the back as he was about to enter his home, while the forensic report said Goodson was hit by several bullets.
It is the latest in a series of police killings of African Americans that sparked a wave of protests against racial injustice and law enforcement brutality.