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New Haven Protest Honors Black Teen Killed By Police In January

Davis Dunavin
Protesters march in New Haven on Friday. Over the weekend, another New Haven protest against racial injustice was held, this one honoring Mubarak Soulemane, who was shot and killed by Connecticut State Police in January.

Hundreds of protestors in New Haven, Connecticut, rallied over the weekend in memory of a man killed by state police in January.

Mubarak Soulemane was shot through a car window as he sat in the driver’s seat after a car chase.

“We can’t just let our brothers and sisters end up just being hashtags. We ask for accountability on behalf of my brother, on behalf of every black brother and black sister that was murdered by police,” said Mubarak’s sister, Mary Ann Soulemane.

Kira Ortoleva organized the protest.

“Mubi was one of my best friends, and now he only exists on my arm and in pictures. And that’s not right. A lot of people only exist in tattoos and in pictures and videos because the police feel like black people are criminals to them.”

In a separate protest over the weekend, thousands of people marched from the New Haven Green to police headquarters. They called for the city’s police department to be largely defunded, and the money to be used for public schools.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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