SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden County Defenders held a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Springfield.
With courts across Massachusetts reopening with new safety protocols, they want the Black Lives Matter movement to live on in the courtroom.
The black lives matter rally was held at Court Square Monday afternoon. The group of criminal defense lawyers, legal aid workers, and social workers want the community to know that they will speak up for their clients whenever they see racial discrimination.
“We see that the Black Lives Matter message needs to be brought into the courtroom, that we need to be able think about it on the day to day to work and what we fight fro for our clients,” said Attorney Katie Murdock.
Murdock said as an attorney, its their job to always point out the implicit bias that could be present in cases that involve black people.
“July 13 marks a new day. A day where courts must never go back to a racially biased and oppressive system that disproportionately harms, kills, and destroys the lives of Black and Brown people.”
The seven judges of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court have committed to re-examining the criminal justice system and confronting racial inequity and injustice.
A few of the speakers at the event include Alisson Wright, a public defender in Springfield, Joe Smith III, a criminal defense and civil rights attorney, Rose Webster-Smith, a community organizer with Springfield No One Leaves, and many others.
More events happening Monday:
- STCC employees, students, to host protest against program cuts in Springfield
- MGM Springfield to reopen after nearly four months