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Indigenous rally calls for justice of Renee Davis’ murder by police

Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Saturday’s indigenous rally called for the justice of Renee Davis who was murdered on November 3rd, 2016 by police in her own home after her boyfriend called and asked them to give her a wellness check.  She was five months pregnant.
Jordan Somers The rally called for the end of police brutality toward indigenous women in Washington State.
Jordan Somers Protestors joined en masse to show support for the rally, calling for an end to violence and injustice toward indigenous women.
Jordan Somers Protestors joined with signs to show their support for the rally for justice for indigenous rights.
Jordan Somers Several speakers representing different regions of the state spoke at length about the unlawful murder of Renee Davis and her unborn child.
Jordan Somers Katrina Johnson was in attendance to show support and solidarity with the indigenous call for justice.  She is the first cousin of Charleena Lyles, who was murdered by police in her own home in 2017 after calling to report a burglary.
Jordan Somers Protestors look onward toward the center stage of the rally, where Renee Davis’ family held signs calling for the justice of her murder.
Jordan Somers The rally called forward all of those who had loved ones lost at the hands of the police, performing a ritual of healing that involved the gifting of blankets.
Jordan Somers A victim of police brutality in the process of being wrapped in a blanket.
Jordan Somers Protestors lined up, playing drums and lighting candles out of justice for Renee Davis and protection of indigenous lives.
Jordan Somers Rally organizers also paid respect to other community leaders leading similar fights to end systematic violence and inequity.  Here, the organizer for the Black Action Coalition is honored with a blanket.
Jordan Somers A member of the Black Action Coalition is wrapped in a blanket.
Jordan Somers A ceremony is performed for those who lost loved ones at the hands of the police, and for those who have assisted with their city-wide contributions.  Nikkita Oliver (center), was among those who were honored.
Jordan Somers Sage and an eagle feather are used as part of a ritual to promote spiritual healing for those grieving their loved ones lost.
Jordan Somers Sage was used throughout the rally to promote a sense of peace and calm among those in attendance.
Jordan Somers A sign calling for the justice of Renee Davis, who was murdered by police on November 3rd, 2016.
Jordan Somers

Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.

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