While the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has provoked protests across the nation and world, many communities are also seeing a large number of demonstrations being held that are free of the violence and looting other cities have experienced during the past week. Many of these protests have also been planned in advance with law enforcement, and in some instances, officers and other officials have stood alongside the demonstrators.
Such a demonstration is planned for Saturday, at Batesville’s Riverside Park, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The organizers of “Peaceful Protest” say the event will not only highlight Black Lives Matter, but will also stress peace and unity. They have also been in contact with Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens and Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill, according to one of the organizers.
“We’re all on the same page with keeping it safe,” Latoya Garza, one of the Peaceful Protest organizers told White River Now’s Randy Seale Wednesday. “They’re very excited that our community is one that’s wanting to come together.”
“I’d like to show that Batesville can come together as one, promote unity, and to have a positive word, to give some hope to those who feel like there is no humanity anymore,” said Garza. “Let’s do a peaceful protest and show how it’s done. That’s what my main thing is: just be positive and have some words of encouragement because right now I think we could all use a little word or a little push of encouragement.”
To visit the Peaceful Protest Facebook page, click here. To listen to the full interview with Latoya Garza, click below:
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