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Group Gathers In East Liberty To Protest Police Killing Of Daunte Wright

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Bill O'Driscoll
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90.5 WESA
Demonstrators hold a sign during a protest against the police killing of Daunte Wright on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Demonstrators filled the sidewalk and poured into the street outside the East Liberty Target Tuesday night to show solidarity with the family of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on Sunday. The group ultimately made their way to the home of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Activist Gam, who has taken part in and led many actions against police brutality in Pittsburgh, asked white participants to "listen to Black voices and disrupt racism" in their daily lives. Gam also encouraged those participants to join the center of a circle the group had formed on Penn Avenue to talk about why they decided to take part in the demonstration.

This story will be updated.

Wright was shot after what began as a traffic stop. The police officer involved claims she intended to discharge her Taser, but used her gun instead.

Just before 8 p.m., the group began marching up Penn Avenue toward Bakery Square where they chanted "No justice! No peace!" and "We want justice for Black people!"

Around 8:30 p.m., some of the demonstrators made their way to Mayor Bill Peduto's Point Breeze home. There, Gam criticized Peduto's response to previous demonstrations against police brutality.

Katie Blackley contributed to this story.