Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Bernie Sanders’ Seattle Rally

The presidential candidate was scheduled to discuss Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at a rally in Seattle.


On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting helped catapult a movement against police violence onto the global stage, protesters overtook a presidential rally to continue to make their voices heard.

Activists associated with Black Lives Matter took over the stage at a rally for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Seattle on Saturday, preventing the Democratic presidential candidate from speaking, reports the New York Daily News.

The activists demanded that Sanders be held “accountable” for not doing enough to tackle police brutality and other social injustices. After airing their grievances on the Westlake Park stage, they called for a moment of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Brown. The unarmed black teen was shot and killed a year ago Sunday by ex-Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, pushing the Black Lives Matter movement into the limelight.

Sanders, 73, stood among the activists but left the event without addressing the crowd. He was supposed to discuss Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Read more at the New York Daily News.