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Dozens attend racial justice rally in West Hartford

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A group of protesters marched through West Hartford on Thursday on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. (WFSB) A group of protesters marched through West Hartford on Thursday on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. (WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A group of protesters marched through West Hartford on Thursday on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jay Garcia, 14, is too young to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but she said she wants to be part of this latest movement that is calling for change.

"My father, he raised me to like this black lives matter and there is a systematic oppression that we must take down,” Garcia said.

"Our rally focuses on white silence, we hosted a silent vigil highlighting the names of people who were killed in 2016 by police. I think those are names that are important to be said and today I think there were a lot of people saw us, we also had people sign-up, sheets going around and engaging people in conversation and so I think that maybe there was some people exposed to something that maybe they haven't been,” said Jason Fredlund.

The group eventually made its way to the steps of the West Hartford Police Department.

"Here in West Hartford, we've had an open dialogue with the community and it's been very positive for a really long time and we will continue to do that in all the various ways we can do it,” said West Hartford Police Captain Frank Fallon.

The group also collected signatures on Thursday, asking people to join their cause.

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