‪Maybe you've heard protesters mention the name Christopher Radden, or caught wind of the Joyce Beatty press release that named him. Here he is in his own words, discussing his motivations for taking a stand.

On May 25, Christopher Radden was playing NBA2K in his East Side home and “not really caring about much,” as he put it, when news about George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police started to creep across his social media timeline, including video footage of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

“I was watching, and it was like, ’Damn, he’s choking him. Oh, hell no!’” Radden said by phone in early June. “As I watched him die, I was like, ‘What the fuck was that?’ So I called my brothers, talked to them, and then went to a couple other friends. We were all pissed, but it was like, ’What can we do? Really, what can we do about that?′ And we couldn’t come up with anything. And that was blowing my mind. I’m having all of these conversations with friends after having seen something so blatant as the Minneapolis police murdering George Floyd right in front of us, and we really couldn’t understand what we could do to help.”

The next day, Radden, motivated to do something to make his voice heard, posted a call to Facebook. “And I said, listen, tomorrow at 5 o’clock, I’m going to go down to Lockbourne [Road] and Livingston [Avenue] and block traffic. If you’re with me, say, ‘Aye,’” Radden said.

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