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Voices From The Protest: Hope For Change In Policing

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Wednesday night brought some 300 people in front of City Hall carrying signs demanding change in how Las Vegas police do their job.

It was the sixth straight night of protests and gatherings. This one was set up to create some kind of dialogue between police and protesters. No officers showed up in riot gear. Protester stood with police, sharing a megaphone as they tried to answer questions from the crowd

We talked to young, old and in between about why they were there, what they felt and whether they think anything will ever change.

What we found was a firm belief that change will happen.

Jonathan MacArthur stands among the crowd gathered outside of Las Vegas City Hall during an event on Wednesday, June 3, 2020./Chris Smith/Desert Companion

Tony Lang holds a sign at the March for Peace rally in downtown Las Vegas June 3, 2020/Chris Smith/Desert Companion
 

Gemma Andaya (Left) and Carmen Adams (right) watch the crowd during the event outside of Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday, June 3, 2020./Chris Smith/Desert Companion

 

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police communication officer John McGrath answers questions from the crowd from behind a metal barricade during an event at Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Las Vegas Metro Police Officers talk to protesters in downtown Las Vegas June 3, 2020/Chris Smith/Desert Companion

Tony Lang, protester, March for Peace; Jonathan MacArthur, protester, March For Peace; Gemma Andaya, observer, March for Peace,  John, school teacher, March for Peace; Gary Jones, protester, March for Peace

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.