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Black Lives Matter rally in Collier

Grop calls for the end of violence
Posted at 10:21 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 22:51:19-04

Members of the group Stand Up for Racial Justice say racial profiling is also a problem in Collier County.

Nearly two dozen protestors rallied in front of the Collier County Courthouse Friday to bring attention to the growing number of police shootings nationwide, mostly involving black men.

"I can't answer why it seems to be happening, but it is happening, I think it is because of poor police training," said SURJ organizer Cynthia Odierna

The Black Lives Movement in Collier County is made up of people from all races and backgrounds, like Karen Caudillo.
 
"I definitely have faced a lot of profiling just for being Hispanic, even here in town, people telling me to go back to my country," said Caudillo.
 
Caudillo, was overcome with emotion after talking about images of police shooting black men, like the incident in Charlotte earlier this month.
 
"I broke down crying because I realized I'm scared, I'm scared to have kids now, I'm scared to have boy kids knowing they might be judged for the color of their skin."
 
Odierna believes poverty plays into the police violence problem.  People unable to afford mental health care, and are being left for dead on the street.
 
"Police work is very much like still policing runaway slaves."
 
SURJ leaders locally reached out to the Collier County Sheriff's Office with their concerns about police aggression and they say so far CCSO is listening.