Dozens Attend 'Shut It Down" Rally

Ashlee Pitzl

Dozens Attend 'Shut It Down" Rally

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013
Omaha, NE- Members from community groups such as Black Men United and Fix the Police attended a rally at Fontenelle Park in North Omaha Monday.

They called the rally "Shut It Down." It was a way for anyone to talk about ways they feel they are being oppressed.  Organizers say they hope politicians saw their demonstration. They focused on issues like immigrants residing in North and South Omaha, police brutality, and tenants' rights.

"We're all one people and we have to fight these things together," said D'Shawn Cunningham.  "So we want to highlight a lot of the different issues going on."

"It's what you're going to do to benefit my community period," said organizer Willie Hamilton.  "And at the end of the day, right now it would be the mayor. And only because he can right now fund a position [for a police auditor]. He could staff it right now. Nobody else could be able to do that," Hamilton said.
The rally started at 3:30 p.m.  Organizers wanted the environment to be family-friendly, so they brought in a petting zoo with animals used as therapy for children who've been abused.  Several dozen people attended.  By 6 p.m., the group had left the park.