She said: "We are not saying that all lives don't matter, it's just that now it's like black lives don't and we are saying today that they do".
Not all police officers let racism cloud their judgment, but at this point in 2016, we have seen enough instances of black men being killed to show it is a national problem.
You used to only need signatures of 25 percent of the number of people who voted during the previous municipal election, but now you need the signatures of 25 percent of the registered voters at the time of the previous municipal election.
A re-dedication ceremony was held Friday at an Appleton church that recently had its Black Lives Matter sign stolen.
It came days after several thousand people marched peacefully through Manchester as part of the rapidly spreading Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. But every year, hundreds of black men, women and children are killed in cities like Chicago, New York and Baltimore, by other blacks, and not a sound is raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. "Obviously, that is not the case in any police department that I am aware of, so you have to see how you can look at those recommendations, and do them with the restraints you have when it comes to manpower and money".
We are all reeling from a brutal week in our nation's history, one that began with reports of two more police-involved shootings caught on tape in Louisiana and Minnesota in which trigger-happy officers took the lives of black men who posed no immediate threat to them. "I think when we'll be proactive we'll stop seeing so many lives killed in the black and black community - black on black crime" Pastor Kirk said.
One speaker at the rally told the crowd: "People say to me "Get back on the boat". "You are going to try to get that house out". And to fight for those black lives does not mean that you're saying anything against anybody else.
Police said Mr Mckesson "intentionally" placed himself in the road after protesters were repeatedly warned to remain on private property or the kerb.
Kayla Fields, who plans to go to North Carolina A&T State University this fall, says she wants to continue to foster a positive relationship between officers and all minorities. But since joining in that first prayer they now want to take the showing of unity a step further.
The group says they have more events like this planned for the future.