NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – New Orleanians are responding to the shooting death of Alton Sterling with a peaceful protest and a second line planned for Friday and Sunday.
A group plans to hold a peaceful protest Friday evening at NOPD headquarters in response to the Baton Rouge Police shooting death of Alton Sterling.
The group is called The 505 New Orleans, named so because Sterling was the 505th person killed by police in the United States this year, according to The Washington Post.
According to the group’s Facebook page, the group will meet at NOPD headquarters at 4 p.m. for a potluck. At 5 p.m., there will be a single gunshot fired, and the group says 505 people will then lie on the ground for an hour.
“What police are doing in America today is unacceptable,” the group says. “The aim of this performance is to show our local police force how many people have died this year alone in the hands of their greater organization. We hope that they will see us on the ground as they head home to their families, and see us in their minds the next time they reach for their guns.”
On Sunday, there is a second line and peace march starting at 5 p.m. at the Second Line Mural at 2600 St. Claude. The second line will begin with a prayer and candle-lighting. It ends at 2600 Franklin Ave.