March To Amplify Black Voices Hosted By South County High Alumni

Mark Hand

LORTON, VA — Alumni of South County High School in Lorton are planning a march on Saturday to amplify the voices of black residents of Fairfax County and protest police brutality across the nation. The march, called "Black Voices In FCPS March," will start at noon at South County High School and end at the school around 2 p.m.

March organizers are inviting South County High students, alumni, staff and the entire Fairfax County Public School community to the march. The organizers are asking participants to bring a sign, wear black in solidarity, and wear a mask to help protect others from the coronavirus.

"With everything going on with the Black Lives Matter movement, and as an alumnus of South County high school, I felt that it was imperative to host a rally for Black Lives to spark conversation and change in our own backyard," Marlon Dubuisson, an alumnus of South County High and Young Adult Committee chairman for the Fairfax County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Thursday in a statement.

Dubuisson, Sakira Coleman, Emani Cannady and Devin Vandyke are the lead organizers of Saturday's march.

The march "may be more important now as just last week we all saw the video of police brutality from the Fairfax County police officer," said Dubuisson, who was one of the keynote speakers at last week's rally at the Fairfax County Government Center hosted by the Fairfax NAACP.

Last Friday, a Fairfax County Police Department officer was caught on a body-worn camera video using a Taser on a man who was in obvious distress but was not showing any aggressive behavior to police officers.

The officer who used the Taser was identified as Tyler Timberlake, an eight-year veteran of the department assigned to the Mount Vernon District police station. He was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and battery.

On Monday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam addressed the incident on Twitter, stating: "Another unarmed black man, clearly in distress, was wrongly attacked this weekend by a Fairfax County police officer."

"The officer has been charged with assault," the governor tweeted. "This inhumane behavior happens too often — and usually without accountability or justice for those harmed."

South County High School is located at 8501 Silverbrook Road in Lorton.

This article originally appeared on the Fairfax City Patch