After the vigil a march was held through downtown Tucson and 4th Ave. bringing the chants of BLACK LIVES MATTER!
HANDS UP! DON'T SHOOT! to the crowds partying at the bars and restaurants.
While the news of the week was dominated by the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the 5 police officers in Dallas---on July 8 Tucson police killed a mentally ill man, 28 yr-old Abraham Smith, they said was threatening them with a knife. After the killing his brother told the media "We’d like to get him into a mental ward. Not the morgue. A mental ward and now that’s what they’ve done. They shot him." (link to full report below)
Tucson Police Kill Mentally Ill Man The Day Before the Tucson BLM vigil