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Small group protests Korryn Gaines' death

Small group protests Korryn Gaines' death
About 30 people gathered Saturday afternoon to protest the shooting of Korryn Gaines by Baltimore County police earlier this month. (Justin George/The Baltimore Sun)

About 30 demonstrators held a rally at McKeldin Square in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Saturday afternoon protesting police brutality in the wake of the killing of Korryn Gaines during a standoff with Baltimore County police.

Shouting "Say her name" and "We won't stop until all the killer cops are in cell blocks," the group was led by the People's Power Assembly and a cousin of Gaines.

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Gaines was fatally shot on Aug. 1 by a county tactical officer at her Randallstown apartment after police said she pointed a shotgun and threatened to kill him. The officer also hit Gaines' 5-year-old son, Kodi, in the cheek while shooting at Gaines.

"It should be mandated that all police officers should do everything they can to save a life rather than take a life," Gaines' cousin Creo Brady told the crowd through a megaphone. "Put some value on human life."

Brady said Baltimore County police should have done more to keep the standoff with Gaines going as long as possible knowing that a 5-year-old was in the apartment. The standoff lasted more than six hours.

"Six hours? You should have been out there six days with a 5-year-old involved," he said. "There should be a law that mandates how you handle a situation when kids are involved."

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