Silent Black Lives Matter march during West Seattle festival
SEATTLE - Black Lives Matter protests have packed the streets in cities across the United States, and here in Seattle this week after the shooting of two black men by police officers.
In West Seattle, more than a hundred people took place in a silent march Saturday during the Summer Fest celebration. Protestors, black and white, young and old, held signs reading "black lives matter," and calling for justice.
The march comes less than 48 hours after hundreds took to downtown to protest police brutality.
"I've been through it, we all have," Charles Glenn said at Saturday's march. Glenn left Georgia after what he witnessed with police. Now he wants change, and no more violence from all sides. "You can either deal with it, or throw a tantrum and be angry."
Glenn isn't the only one. Black Americans across the country say the criminalization of "driving while black" is a reality.
"You worry about it," Walter Slade said. "And the biggest goal for kids right now is to get home alive."
Slade is 70, and sees no obvious solution to the tensions after a violent week around the country. When Slade came of age, he learned to deescalate any situation that involved police. He says he feared what could happen.
Slade believes things are improving, even if the country took a big step back this week. He hopes people can find ways to come together, rather than dividing across lines with protest signs.
"We just need some honest one-on-one times with each other," he said. "It gives us a chance to go ahead and bond."
Seattle Police say they won't make any big changes due to the protests. They will continue to have officers ride in pairs while on-duty through next week, a policy put in place after the shooting in Dallas that killed five officers Thursday night.
Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge while selling CD's in a convenience store parking lot. Philando Castile was shot several times in Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken taillight.