Protesters dance in Rose Park

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters dance to “We are the World” during the Dance Dance for Revolution protest in Rose Park on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. The protest was in memory of Jovany Mercardo who was shot last August by Ogden police by four officers, hitting his body sixteen times.

More than 200 protesters danced and marched through the neighborhoods of Rose Park on Sunday afternoon during the Dance Dance for Revolution protest in memory of Jovany Mercado, who was shot and killed last August by Ogden police. Mercado was outside his home when four officers shot him, hitting him 16 times.

Protesters sang, danced and blew bubbles as they weaved through various neighborhoods for nearly 90 minutes, cheering as neighbors came out to support them. Juan Mercado, Jovany’s father, and Ruby Mercado, Jovany’s sister, spoke at the protest. This was the 10th consecutive week of Dance Dance for Revolution protests, sponsored by Our Streets SLC. Nine of the 10 Sunday protests have ended peacefully.

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