Protesters march for three peaceful hours on Hertel

Hertel Protest
Photo credit [WBEN Photo - Brendan Keany]

BUFFALO (WBEN) - One week after a man brandished a knife toward Black Lives Matter protesters on Hertel Avenue, the street that has been at the center of the community's attention for the past week, around 150 people marched down Hertel in complete peace.

Prominent community activist Myles Carter discussed the goals for the protest.

"We recongnize, again, that this is a community in Buffalo that is deep in segregation," said Carter. "There are issues when it comes to businesses on Hertel, the bars there, the restaurants there - they're know to have racism. There are Black business owner who have shut down and moved to other parts of the city because they could not deal with the racism that exists on Hertel Avenue. 

"Our main focus of that protest is that we want to pass Cariol's Law - that is important, and it's the only way that we're going to get real police reform, and that's going to give our good cops, that everyone likes to claim that we have, the ability to come out and speak out against injustice," Carter continued. "We have five cops that we want to get fired from the police force. Also, we recognize, and we need to start making strides and making this a better business community for Black people in the City of Buffalo. There are resources that exist, and we need to tap into those resources to get better networking and bring those to our attention. The most important thing that we're going to be doing tomorrow - getting people registered to vote because that's the only way we're going to make real change in Buffalo..."

A thread of the march:

NOW: A relatively small group of protesters gathered right now at the corner of Hertel & Delaware ahead of tonight’s protest. Some of the goals of the protest:-pass Cariol’s Law-get people registered to vote-calling on specific officers to be removed @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/cYgUT7NQvz

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

And the march down Hertel has begun. At least 100 people taking to the streets right now marching toward Colvin. @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/q9b42aPFpd

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

The march has momentarily stopped right outside of MT Pockets. “What happened this week was disrespectful to humanity.” @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/8Rzfe4aEyt

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

The march stopped at MT Pockets, and after a 15-minute rally, protesters are heading back toward Delaware. @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/N5wTyfGRu1

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

Corner of Hertel & Virgil. @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/QIpO7sxYw7

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

NOW: Protestors at the corner of Hertel & Camden. Activists are calling out the names of specific officers they want to see removed from the Buffalo Police Department without pension. @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/9ePRmdQmLt

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

Protesters currently stopped outside of Hertel & Grove, right outside D-District Station. @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/K0mEKxyxFu

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

Protesters making their way from D-District Station back down Hertel toward Delaware. All peaceful. @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/rBnomq27mw

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 4, 2020

Protesters have made it back to Hertel & Delaware after 3 peaceful hours of marching. “We will peacefully disperse- we will not hang around here.” @NewsRadio930 pic.twitter.com/IAVNL4QhJO

— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) September 5, 2020

At the conclusion of the march, Carter took the mic with a few parting thoughts, as one of the main goals of the protest was to out specific police officers that they want kicked off the Buffalo Police Department immediately.