SAN ANTONIO — Demonstrators organized outside the Bexar County District Attorney's office and marched through San Antonio on day 11 of demonstrations against racism and police brutality in the city.
This was the second day of local protesters focusing on direct action in the cases of Charles Roundtree, Marquise Jones, and Antronie Scott, who were all shot and killed by San Antonio police officers. District Attorney Joe Gonzales said the cases have already been reviewed, and he doesn't intend to reopen them.
“There’s always the potential for an elected DA to re-open a case, but typically there has to be a reason to re-open those cases,” Gonzales said.
Footage from the ground and Chopper 5 showed a small but energetic crowd of demonstrators who gathered at the Paul Elizondo Tower before marching through the city on one of the hottest afternoons of the year.
As they marched past the Alamo, they stopped and raised their fists as they stood across from the line of state police there.
The demonstrators continued to the Riverwalk and La Villita where organizers spoke about the importance of continuing to march, protest, and demand accountability and structural change.
The crowd was smaller than it had been on Sunday, but they moved quickly and purposefully throughout the afternoon. Their voices were loud and unified as they sustained chants of:
"No justice, no peace. No racist police."
"Police are violent. We will not be silent."
"The whole damn system is racist as hell"
After the speeches, protesters continued to march back to the district attorney's office, where chants and songs continued peacefully as most of the demonstrators left.
Demonstrators have marched back to the Paul Elizondo Tower to demand that the Bexar County District Attorney reopen the cases of three men shot and killed by SAPD officers.
Organizers are speaking to a crowd at La Villita about maintaining the momentum of these protests and keep pressure on lawmakers to enact change.
Demonstrators are now marching on the Riverwalk, which reporter Henry Ramos says is something we haven't seen much of so far. He says this crowd is younger smaller, and moving quickly.
Marchers stopped at Alamo Plaza and stood across from a line of state police, holding up their fists.
Demonstrators have marched from the Bexar County DA's office to Travis Park.
"We need y'all as leadership to showcase that you are standing with the people and not against the people," an organizer said.