Black Lives Matter 5280

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In a small park on the outskirts of Denver there is a rumble of noise. It's a mixture of anger and grief. An epidemic of  police officers killing innocent people of color continues throughout the country and their actions go largely unpunished. The community is outraged and in Sonny Lawson Park people gather for what will become Denver's largest march for the Black Lives Matter.

Michael Brown an unarmed African-American teenager was shot 6 times by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. The officer responsible for his death faced no charges for his actions. In Denver, two men of color Ryan Ronquillo and Paul Castaway were both killed by officers and faced similar outcomes. The Black Live's Matter movement gains momentum a small organization in Denver called BLM 5280 is formed.

Co-founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, BLM 5280 is a response to the injustice people of color face throughout Denver. 

It's now August 9th 2015, the one year remembrance of Michael Brown's death. With the help of BLM5280, an estimated 300 people from the community prepare to march from the historic black neighborhood of Five Points to Civic Center Park to hold a vigil for victims of police violence in Denver, Colorado.