Protesters march and chant down Centre Avenue in East Liberty in a march centered on Black women and Black trans women. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Protesters return to East Liberty for march centered on Black women and Black trans women

Roughly 200 people gathered in front of Target in East Liberty Friday afternoon for a protest against police violence — the 28th day of such demonstrations in the Pittsburgh area. Organizers gathered supporters to center the focus of the protest on assuring the safety of Black women and Black trans women in interactions with police. Participants circled the intersection of Centre and Penn avenues to rally and hear speakers before beginning to march down Centre. The march crossed the Centre and Negley intersection, where the interactions between police and protesters on the evening of June 1 are being investigated to determine if police acted appropriately in using crowd deterrents. On Friday, protesters stopped at the intersection and chanted “Black lives, they matter here.”

Some of the organizers and supporters of the protest were there on June 1 when police deployed what appeared to be tear gas to disperse the crowd.