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Racial justice protesters demonstrate in front of LMPD headquarters

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Black Lives Matter...to white people.

A predominantly white group took that message to the front door of the Metro Police Department on Monday afternoon.

They say the focus is "breaking white silence" -- and said they are calling for an end to police violence against people of color.

"What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" shouted one of the protesters.

It was a familiar chant and movement.

"Black lives matter!" shouted another protester.

But these were not the faces of the original Black Lives Matter movement.

Monday afternoon, several dozen people marched from City Hall in downtown Louisville to LMPD Headquarters. Many of them were wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts and holding the signs. The event is organized by Louisville Showing up for Racial Justice (LSURJ).

The theme, in their own words, was "Breaking White Silence for Racial Justice." People who were there spoke with WDRB about what that means to them.

"Because too many times white folks have kind of stayed in the background, even though they don't like what is going on and haven't done anything," said Sonja DeVries, who attended the event.

Carla Wallace is with LSURJ and organized the rally. 

"I know that too many of us who are white are silent, and that's part of what keeps things the way they are," Wallace said.

"And that's what we're trying to do, is to get more white people to step out against racism and police brutality, because people are dying on a regular basis," said DeVries.

"I think some of them say, 'This has nothing to do with me,'" said Wallace. "Some of the others say, 'I am not sure what to say,' or they flip the channel -- and we're asking people, don't flip the channel."

"To see all of these different people of different color ah, this is what's needed," said Pastor Tim Findley Jr.

Tim Findley Jr. is senior pastor of a local mega church, Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center. With a very diverse congregation, it has also been called one of the fastest growing churches in Kentuckiana. Pastor Findley said he applauds what he sees and says it is needed.

"I've said this before and I'll say it again, if black lives only matter to black people, then we won't see change," said Rev. Findley.

The rally ended with organizers reading the names of blacks who have died during confrontations with police, and the names of the five Dallas Police officers killed during last week's ambush.

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