The "Stop The Station Coalition" organized the block party.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Sunday in East Liberty, dozens of people gathered for a “Stop The Station” block party.

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The purpose of the block party was to voice their opposition to the relocation of the Zone 5 Police Station.

The city is proposing to move the station from Washington Boulevard back to a building on North Euclid Avenue.

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It originally moved from there back in 2007.

Members of the community say they don’t feel that bringing back police officers would benefit East Liberty.

“We believe, as a coalition and as a community, that bringing the police closer to this park that we’re having a block party in today, is bad,” said Jalina McClarin. “This block is used by a lot of working-class Black families, kids, and having the police in such close proximity is simply a danger.”

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The “Stop The Station Coalition” is also demanding the city stop any police-related capital budget projects and rededicate those funds to housing and social services.