Mich. man protests violence with casket
Battle Creek — A community activist is upsetting some southern Michigan residents by pulling an empty casket through neighborhoods in an attempt to bring attention to the city’s violence.
Bobby Holley began pushing a powder-blue casket through Battle Creek last week with signs saying, “This could be you” and “Death by violence,” the Battle Creek Enquirer reported . Holley plans to demonstrate every evening this month in all of the city’s neighborhoods.
“This message is not the solution to the problem, it just helps to send a very strong visual message to everyone in all communities about how you will end up in the justice system or you will end up in the grave,” Holley said.
He also plans to recreate a crime scene and hold a forum to discuss the effects of violence in Battle Creek.
But some residents are objecting to Holley’s protest.
“I am offended by what Bobby is doing,” said Bonnie Nunnally, who lost her son to gun violence in 1996. No one has been charged in the case.
“It is serving no purpose and is just opening wounds, and nothing is being accomplished by it,” said Nunnally, who also serves as the co-founder of F.A.M.E., Families Against Murder/For Equal Justice. “I am upset about it and totally against it.”
Nunnally said her relatives also oppose the demonstration.
Holley, who said his nephew was the victim of a homicide, said the controversy won’t deter him from completing his anti-violence campaign. He said he isn’t trying to cause more pain to victims’ families.
“The pain is there,” Holley said. “It is already there. I am thinking about how I can turn that pain around. There are a lot of unsolved murders and the pain is there every day.”