A small group of people protesting the shooting death of Salaythis Melvin stopped two buses temporarily outside the NBA campus at the Coronado Springs Resort late Saturday.
At a traffic light, protesters holding signs and chanting stepped in front of at least two buses. Melvin, a 22-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy at the Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida, on Aug. 7 as he ran from deputies. According to the Orlando Sentinel, deputies went to the mall to arrest another person on a warrant for possession of a firearm. The paper also reported that deputies said they found a stolen, loaded handgun on Melvin. An attorney for the family said Melvin was not a threat as he ran from the scene.
Melvin’s parents demanded changes after the deadly shooting.
“We know that at the time of his death he was not a saint, however he was loving member of our family and due to the actions of several Orange County Sheriff’s deputies, his life was cut way too short,” Melvin’s parents said in a statement. “We will never know if he would have made changes for the better.” While protesters wanted the attention of media, they also wanted to get the attention of players. One person held a sign that read “LeBron Stand With Us,” another held a sign that read “Russell Stand With Us,” and another sign said “Orlando Needs You No. 23, No. 3, No. 13, No. 0.”
They also chanted, “What’s his name? Salaythis Melvin” and “No justice, no peace.”