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South Bend residents take to the streets in March for Justice

The March for Justice went through downtown South Bend The March for Justice went through downtown South Bend
A group of South Bend residents took the the streets on Sunday afternoon to participate in a March for Justice. The event was held by the People Uniting for a Better Government (PUBG).

Doulos Chapel Pastor Mario Sims says the march was meant to bring attention to a key issue. "We believe that the people haven't had a voice in many of the things going on," Sims said. Sims is also the spokesperson for PUBG.

Charles W. Taylor is a South Bend resident and a member of PUBG. He says a watchdog group like PUBG is needed. "The people want a say. They want their voice back. They want their voices to be heard," Taylor said.

One of the issues PUBG wants addressed are claims against South Bend Police officers who are accused of using excessive force. Sims says their group wants to create a Citizen's Review Board that would allow the community to participate in such cases. "We wouldn't have this swirl of distrust of police officers and the administration," Sims said.

While marchers, including Sims, criticized how claims against officers have been handled, he did want to make one thing clear, "We support our local police department. This is not a blanket indictment of the South Bend police department," Sims said.

South Bend Common Council Member Henry Davis Jr. says he was involved in an incident involving an officer using excessive force when he was younger. He says that is the reason he is supporting the creation of a Citizen's Review Board. "Have the opportunity to go to a board of people that look like them, that are civilians just like them to say 'hey something wrong happened I need your help,'" Davis said.

A petition was passed during the march to collect signatures for the formation of a Citizen's Review Board. Davis will present this petition to the South Bend Common Council.

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