Local group hosts Unity March for police accountability Thursday afternoon at VSU

The Tri-Cities

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Justice in Windsor Campaign is taking their initiative on the road hosting a Unity March at Virginia State University Thursday afternoon.

The Unity March started at 4 p.m. to allow students and members of the Petersburg community to stand in solidarity and demand answers for Nazario and others who have had their civil rights violated by police officers.

The Isle of Wight Branch of the NAACP launched the campaign in order to “pursue justice” for Lt. Nazario and citizens of the Town of Windsor, after Nazario’s traffic stop in 2020. Now other groups are picking up calls for justice.

The NAACP branch and the lieutenant were both in attendance at the event.

The traffic stop gained national interest this month after the traffic stop video surfaced. The video shows Nazario being pepper-sprayed and being held at gunpoint during the traffic stop. One of the two officers involved in the incident has since been let go.

The Unity March started in Rogers Stadium’s parking lot and proceeded through the university’s campus.

About 50 people were led by a police escort around campus calling chants like “Black Lives Matter.”

Founder of the MOVE Foundation, Jhovan Galbeth, says the march was “to show unity.”

“Us at Virginia state, we stick together and fight against police brutality, any type of matter. So yes, it was for lieutenant but every African American who has dealt with any type of senseless murder, unarmed, unfair treatment, anything, regardless.”

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