Families impacted by police violence gather for press conference, march in DTLV

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Families impacted by police violence are standing in solidarity with each other. Dozens of people who have lost loved ones at the hands of police gathered in downtown Las Vegas Saturday night to call for change.

One Las Vegas woman says two Metro police officers shot and killed her father, when she was just six years old. She claims it was unjustified, and it has ripped her life apart.

“I had to graduate and walk across that stage and look up to the skies and say daddy I did it. When everybody else had their parents standing there and supporting them,” the woman told 8 News Now. “In elementary school, when we made Father’s Day cards, I had to put mine on a headstone instead of giving it to him.”

Victor Dempsey, who says his brother Delwran Small was killed by police in New York, is calling for an end to police brutality.

“We’re not victims. Every person here are warriors,” Dempsey said. “What happened to my family, what happened to these families, we say that we’re here to not let it happen again, but we have to do it united.”

That unity was on full display throughout the nation, as protests over the death of George Floyd continue. But Katrina Johnson, who’s cousin, Charleena Lyles, was shot multiple times by officers in Seattle, says police violence should not only be seen as a racial issue.

“Black lives do matter, but at the end of the day, our loved ones all bled red blood and they are all dead, and it didn’t matter what color they were,” Johnson said. “They’re still dead.”

The main goal of this group is to hold police officers accountable.

“I’m here demanding justice and I won’t stop until I get it, until my family gets it.”

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