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Protest in Decatur held 6 months after deadly officer-involved shooting

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3-29 Decatur protest

Some members of the Perkins family and many people in the Decatur community protested to mark the six-month anniversary of the deadly Decatur officer-involved shooting of Steve Perkins Friday.

It’s been a difficult time for the Perkins family as the leaked body camera footage came out Wednesday. And Friday, the family reflected on the fact that it's been half a year without their loved one.

Lawrence Souffrant, co-founder of the organization Standing in Power, says he and so many others are disappointed in Decatur city leaders' handling of the deadly shooting of Steve Perkins that happened on Sept. 29.

Souffrant said it’s shocking that no Decatur leaders spoke about the leaked body camera footage that so many say is very disturbing and shocking to see.

Souffrant said, “I’m one of those who believe that their silence is loud. The fact that they had an opportunity to encourage the citizens and try to build a rapport and some trust in the system. They truly dropped the ball. I think it's time for (the police chief) to go. The best-case scenario is that every officer involved is arrested, charged, and convicted. Not just the one officer, because that would not have happened had they not organized and conspired the way that they did.”

Catrela Perkins and her family tell us they are thankful for the support of so many people in the Decatur community.

On Monday, there is a Decatur City Council work session at Decatur City Hall, where many people among the Justice for Steve Perkins movement say they will be in attendance.

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