By Jake Mysliwczyk
A group of about 50 protesters gathered in Brentwood Towne Square Monday evening to honor Jonny Gammage on what would’ve been his 56th Birthday. Gammage was killed on the side of the road less than five minutes after he was pulled over on state Route 51 by Brentwood and Whitehall police officers on Oct. 12, 1996.
A later autopsy ruled the cause of death as asphyxiation due to pressure applied to the chest and neck. This incident occurred on Route 51 near the intersection of Route 88. Trials were held for three officers. One was acquitted by an all-white jury. The other two, tried together, were released after two mistrials.
Today’s protest started at the Giant Eagle in Brentwood Towne Square and marched on Route 51 South past Baldwin High School to the intersection of Borough Park Drive, the street where the Whitehall Police Station is located.
Protesters sang happy birthday to Gammage but were also chanting, “No justice, No peace. No racist police” as well as “Who’s streets? Our streets” and “Black Lives Matter.”
Photos from today’s protest are below: