Justice for Jessica Whitaker

Media Release

Contact: Rev. Mark J. Powell, M.Div. 

317-372-3493 cell 



Jessica Whitaker Rally set for Monday, August 10th at

6 P.M. at the City County Building Plaza prior to the 

City-County Council Regular Meeting in Indianapolis.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020                                       


Jessica Doty Whitaker family spokesperson Rev. Mark J. Powell, M.Div. announced a Justice for Jessica Whitaker Rally Monday August 10 at 6pm EDT prior to the City County Council meeting which begins at 7pm.  24 year old Jessica Doty Whitaker was shot and killed on Sunday, July 5th 2020, exactly 5 weeks ago this Sunday by a Black Lives Matter supporter while with her fiancé and two friends walking along the Canal walkway just south of the St. Clair Street Bridge.


Pastor Powell, a 60 year old Lutheran pastor stated, “Last Saturday while others were painting on an Indianapolis street the name of an organization  whose leaders still after nearly 5 weeks have not denounced the assassination of Jessica Doty Whitaker who stated “All Lives Matter, I announced the family would like the same opportunity to paint near the location of where Jessica was killed,  a street mural honoring her words and the organization founded to carry on her legacy of loving all people of all races, colors and creeds by painting “God Says All Lives Matter” on West St. Clair Street east of MLK over the bridge where her assassin waited to shoot and kill. Therefore, we are hosting a rally to encourage the Mayor and Councilors to pass the Whitaker Resolution Monday night.”


Who: Invited Speakers.


What: Rally for the Jessica Whitaker Resolution before the City County Council, Monday August 10th at the regular monthly meeting.


When: Monday, August 10, 2020 from 6pm until 7pm EDT.


Where: On the public plaza in front of the City County Building, 200 E Washington St

Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Location for media to set up Microphones and Cameras)


Why:  Indianapolis will be asked to sanction the painting of the mural "God Says All Lives Matter" on a downtown street as a public condemnation of violence and lawlessness, the City-County Council will be asked to approve a resolution honoring the life of Jessica on Monday August 10th. Pastor Powell stated that donations of paint and professional painters’ volunteer time has already been solicited and received. As in last weekend’s example, Department of Public Works employees will help coordinate the effort to paint the message on West St. Clair Street east of MLK and over the bridge where her assassin fired the bullet that assassinated her. 


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