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Black Lives Matter Louisville will hold a vigil for shooting victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Members of Black Lives Matter Louisville says it's calling for police accountability and peace across the nation.

Wearing a shirt with the word "Justice" on it, Chanelle Helm is one of the organizers of Black Lives Matter Louisville.

She says African-Americans have been treated unfairly across the country and locally.

"What did you think was going to happen?," she asked. "I'm surprised it hasn't happened all over the nation. Honestly, to be truthful, the way black men are being attacked on the streets ... right now black young men can't even walk on the streets without being harassed."

She says African-Americans have been treated unfairly across the country and locally.

"Black Lives Matter in Louisville means uplifting black Louisville," Helms said. "It means protecting the state of emergency that we are in. We are in high unemployment. We're in hyper-criminalization. We're under homelessness."

Jaison Gardner is another activist who is saddened by the events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas. He says police shootings and people gunning down officers is nothing new. He says the difference now is social media.

"If there are some renegade or rogue vigilantes who take matters into their own hands, they do not certainly stand for our movement," Gardner said. "Our movement is a movement of peace and justice." 

The group says there are 400 members in Louisville looking for solutions to race relations and equality.

"If anyone should be held responsible for creating such a climate, it is really those people who are the political talking heads who are creating such a hostile inflammatory environment for all of us," Gardner said.

"The implication with the statement 'Black Lives Matter' is that all people do matter. It essentially means black lives matter too. I think if we look to television, we can look to politics, we can look to the criminal justice system and see white folks are getting a fair shake in life."

On Sunday at 5 p.m., Black Lives Matter will hold a vigil for the shooting victims, including Alton Sterling from the Baton Rouge incident. It'll be held at the Braden Center.

The group says it'll be a peaceful event, just like all of their other events.

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