GALLERY: Katy for Justice holds protest against police brutality and systemic racism at Katy City Park


Katy for Justice, a student-led organization created by Katy ISD seniors Erika Alvarez, Foyin Dosunmu and Jeffrey Jin.  Organizers' estimates of attendance prior to the event were between 1,000 and 1,100 protesters.

The event, which began at about 5 p.m. and ended just before 9 p.m., included a march around the park's eastern boundary, multiple prayer circles, teen and adult speakers as well as an extended moment of silence wherein protesters took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds - the length of time George Floyd was held down by Minneapolis, Minn. police before his May 25 death.

Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputies said no arrests were made at the event. One disagreement between protesters was deescalated among the protesters before law enforcement had to step in. 

Student speakers discussed their experiences growing up in Katy and experiencing what they say is institutionalized and microagressions during their time as Katy ISD students and in the community in general. Jin and Dosunmu attend Seven Lakes High School while Alvarez is a student at Cinco Ranch High School. 

The photos in this gallery include pichtures of signage with profanity that some Katy Times Readers may find offensive. 

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