SAN ANTONIO — Demonstrators gathered in downtown San Antonio Sunday on the ninth day of protests against racism and police brutality.
Sunday's gathering is in honor of two San Antonians who were killed by police officers.
One of them is for Charles "Chop" Roundtree Jr., a black teenager who was killed by San Antonio Police Officer Steve Casanova in October 2018. The officer was cleared of any criminal responsibility by a Bexar County Grand Jury, even though the 18-year-old was an unarmed bystander.
The other person is Marquise Jones, who was killed outside a Chacho's restaurant in February of 2014. A jury ruled San Antonio police officer Robert Encina was justified in shooting and killing Jones.
Here are the latest updates from the ground:
The mother of Marquise Jones, who was killed by an off-duty San Antonio police officer, thanked the protesters for their support in an emotional speech.
"It's been six years for my son and two years for Charles, and when you're out here by yourself you just feel so alone, and you feel like you're not gaining any momentum," she said. "These are tears of joy because I never thought I would get this kind of support. We didn't think we would get this kind of support."
Demonstrators have returned to Milam Park chanting "Justice for Chop," "Peace for Marquise," and "reopen the case."
Demonstrators kneel with their fists raised outside the courthouse.
Demonstrators have reached the front steps of the courthouse in downtown San Antonio.
The families of Charles Roundtree and Marquise Jones lead the march.
Mayor Nirenberg has joined the crowd at Milam Park as they prepare to march to the courthouse downtown.
Demonstrators have gathered in Milam Park Sunday in the ninth day of protests in the San Antonio downtown area.
Sunday's gathering is in honor of two San Antonians who were killed in officer-involved shootings.
Protests have been happening around the country against racial injustice. The protests were sparked by outrage over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis Police custody.