PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hundreds protested for several hours at downtown Pittsburgh this afternoon.
At one point, tensions ran high when Pittsburgh police officers showed up in riot gear.
The occasion began in Market Square in 3: 00 p.m.
Subsequently, the team flew down Grant Street and onto Liberty Avenue.
“We wish to be at the desk,” said Chrissy Carter of Black, Young, and Educated. “We need a table that is made for us. We would like people to step down from positions of power and also comprise us.”
As protesters approached the conclusion of Liberty Avenue, police with helmets and batons stood blocking Commonwealth Place.
Pittsburgh Public Safety informs KDKA those officers were dispatched after getting word which protesters were headed to the Fort Pitt Bridge.
“For numerous safety reasons — mainly the security of the protesters themselves — police sought to avoid that situation,” a Pittsburgh Public Safety representative told KDKA. “Before police could get into the on-ramps, protesters approached them on Commonwealth.”
The issue resulted in a standoff between police and protesters, however, the situation did not escalate past some initial shoving.
“We’re peacefully marching for our lives,” said Carter. “We are begging for you to not kill us anymore and you meet us with riot gear.”
For approximately a half hour, protesters chanted and spoke to officers.
Eventually, police retreated and enabled the team to turn around to reunite up Liberty Avenue.
Pittsburgh Public Safety says there were no arrests made.
This is the second straight day tensions ran high between police and protesters in Pittsburgh.
Friday, police announced a little protest in uptown an unlawful assembly after protesters blocked streets.
In the final hour of this protest, demonstrators sat at Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street before wrapping up in Market Square following 7 pm
Speakers requested for a much bigger turnout for upcoming protests.
“It’s about a world that’s possible and a world that’s coming into fruition,” said Mia Sturbini of Black, Young, and Educated. “I think that the fact that such a powerful group showed up today is really a testament to this.”