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Second march against police brutality in one week

Demonstrators said the negative feedback they received from their first march, has only fueled them to keep pressing on. (Source: WECT) Demonstrators said the negative feedback they received from their first march, has only fueled them to keep pressing on. (Source: WECT)
Even some of the youngest demonstrators held up signs and chanted, "No justice. No peace." (Source: WECT) Even some of the youngest demonstrators held up signs and chanted, "No justice. No peace." (Source: WECT)
A second march against police brutality was held in Wilmington, just four days after the first. (source: WECT) A second march against police brutality was held in Wilmington, just four days after the first. (source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A second march against police brutality was held in Wilmington, just four days after the first.

Both demonstrations, which were nearly identical, asked for justice for the deaths of Brandon SmithTevin RobinsonRonald Roland and Grace Denk, all of whom were shot by local law enforcement last fall.

Demonstrators said the negative feedback they received from their first march, has only fueled them to keep pressing on.

"I know we had a lot of negative feedback from the march the first time, but I don't worry about that," Ronald Roland Jr. said. "I let God handle that. We're just trying to seek justice."

He is the father of Ronald Roland, who was shot by law enforcement after he and two others allegedly robbed a Pizza Hut last October.

"They [the victims] are not here to speak for themselves, so it's our job to get justice," Roland's mother Selene Moss said.

Moss is also the aunt of Jalani Smith, who is the only surviving suspect from the Pizza Hut robbery and shooting last year.

Smith's trial is scheduled for Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court. He faces multiple counts of first-degree kidnapping and common law robbery.

Moss said she won't be at Tuesday's trial because of the emotional memories it stirs up.

"I'm hoping they find a heart and know that my nephew did not kill anybody. The time they're trying to give him is ridiculous," she said.

If convicted, Smith could face more than 10 years in jail.

"I know that what he done was wrong, but I just hope they can look past it. If time has to be served, not too much because it could have been handled differently," Roland said. 

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