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..."