Ga. Organizations rally in Uptown Columbus to end violence

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Georgia Moms United, Moms of Georgia, Families United Coalition and Black Voters Matter continued their fight to end police brutality, community gun violence and voter suppression in the Columbus Consolidated Government Building exterior.

Jimmy Atchison, Jayvis Benjamin, Quandavier Hicks, Jarvis Lykes, Michael Maddox, Jabril Robinson and Andrew Smyrna, the names of the victims pictured at the rally.

Their loved ones gathered in Columbus from different parts of the state, sharing the same story and the same pain – the loss of a child.

The rally was designed to promote peace, provide closure and hold elected officials accountable. For them, there is an erosion of trust within the judicial system, which is why they urge the community to exercise their right to vote.

This group of men and women say they are tired of people of color being shot by law enforcement officers.

Kathy Scott-Lykes, mother of Jarvis Lykes, reminded the crowd that they are coming together because bringing those who are lost back to life is vital. Her son died of a gunshot wound after an encounter with a Georgia State Trooper, whose case was dismissed after a decision of lack of evidence.

“We cannot be silenced. We need to tell their names to our lost loved ones. We are their presence now. We are their voice. For you to know who they are, we need to present ourselves here as we are today,” says Scott-Lykes.

She would like to see qualified immunity removed.

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