Monday marks one year anniversary of historic bridge protest

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --Monday marks the anniversary of the day protestors shut down the Hernando-Desoto Bridge.

That protest was prompted by two officer-involved shooting deaths involving black men.

The frustrations boiled over here in Memphis in the form of demonstrators providing city leaders with a list of demands including the hiring of Michael Rallings as the police director, providing sensitivity training for officers, and obtaining more funding for African American businesses and youth empowerment programs.


City leaders and police said they've met all of those requests, but protesters stated the city is more divided than ever.

"When we closed that bridge down it was for a purpose," said Diamond Mourning.

A purpose that some didn't really comprehend but were willing to join the cause.

"As they stood there not understanding, those were numbers that mattered and for that brief second we all came together to stand for something instead of falling for anything," added Mourning.

In the days following the protest, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and other city leaders held a town hall meeting to address some of the issues.

While many agreed shutting down the bridge got the ball rolling, they said the battle is far from over.

"We already did the bridge once. That's history. Can't nobody take that from us. Why would we repeat the same thing," said community activist Frank Gottie.

Instead, activists said they will march to City Hall Sunday with children and solutions instead of demand.