NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – On Thursday almost 150 protestors marched for justice for Diahlo Grant, a Franklin Township man who was shot and killed by police last April.
In the incident, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office reported that officers from the Franklin Township Police Department pursued Grant on Somerset Street before crossing the town border into New Brunswick where the shooting occurred.
The rally was organized by the Black Lives Matter-Rutgers (BLM-RUNB) chapter at the request of Grant’s family who said that after three months of requests, they remain frustrated by the limited amount of information that has been released by either police department or the prosecutor’s office. The family wants answers as to why police initially attempted to pull over Grant and what transpired during the stop.
Protestors gathered near the scene of the shooting on Somerset Street before marching to Kirkpatrick Street to rally in front of the prosecutor’s office seeking answers to those questions.
TAPinto Piscataway reached out to the BLM-RUNB for further details which responded, “There was no statement issued by the prosecutor's office in regards to the rally at the time of this email, and BLM has not been contacted by the prosecutor's office in regards to either the case or the rally that occurred today.”
A Facebook event post for the BLM-RUNB rally further described the purpose of having a march and rally stating, “On April 9, 2016, Diahlo Grant was killed by Franklin Township police officers, after being chased down Somerset St. and over the New Brunswick border. Over three months later, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office, which is handling the investigation, has not released any additional information to the public or to the family.
In light of recent events, it is now more important than ever that police departments across the country demonstrate their trustworthiness, transparency, and commitment to justice, within the communities they serve. The Grant family has been unable to properly grieve the loss of Diahlo Grant, because three months later, they still do not know exactly how or why he was killed.”
About Black Lives Matter-Rutgers:
“Black Lives Matter-Rutgers is a chartered chapter under the national network of the Black Lives Matter organization. Our chapter is committed to fighting against police brutality within our community and across the nation, fighting for justice and equity for all black peoples, and our chapter also focuses on a plethora of issues pertaining to the black community at Rutgers University.”
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