They hope more people will be aware of the local police shootings, and that law enforcement will undergo more cultural training.
Lindsey Smith, widow of Brandon Smith, said she just wants her 8-year-old son to feel safe again.
"[Perry] said, 'Mommy, the only thing running through my mind is how I'm going to die. How am I going to die?' I said, 'Perry, no one knows how they're going to die.' He said 'I just hope a police officer doesn't kill me.' That really hurt me."
We reached out to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and Wilmington Police Department about their response to the excessive force allegations but they did not respond for comment.