Portsmouth residents take action with peaceful protest

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – With deadly police-involved shootings gaining national attention this week — and the violence in our own community — some residents are taking action.

A small group gathered on the corner of Court Street in Portsmouth Thursday morning, holding signs that read “Being Black is Not a Crime” and “Black Lives Matter.”

Rocky Hines was out bright and early to spread his message protesting police brutality. He says he will not leave until midnight tonight, because it’s time the community do something about what’s going on.

“We do a lot of talking on social media; Hashtags all day long, but I feel like it was time to use the voice and take some action.”

Hines says he hopes this peaceful protest will raise awareness about accountability and remind people who violence happens everywhere and it’s up to the community to stop it.

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