Peaceful protest held in Ardmore over in-custody death of George Floyd
Around 130 people showed to the HFV Wilson Community Center in Ardmore to peacefully protest the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"We’re protesting to stop police brutality and to get some rights back and to be heard,” said event coordinator Da’Jour Lee.
People filled Main Street in Ardmore, carrying signs displaying, “I can’t breath” and chanting, “Black Lives Matter” and “enough is enough.”
"It's an accomplishment just to see these different people of all different types of races here together, that's what it's going to take for everybody joining together, doing the right things,” said Ardmore City Commissioner John Moore.
On Monday May 25, 2020 46-year-old George Floyd passed away in Minneapolis police custody, igniting a national outcry across the nation.
“If you're not out protesting with us, you’re condoning the other side,” said Blake Gordon.
Gordon says people are capable to protest peacefully and address their message to state and local leaders.
"What I hope to see is that they see us out here, they see how strong we are, they see that there's power in numbers and they come out here and join us,” said Gordon.
The protest stretched across Ardmore Sunday that lasted around 2 hours and around 5 miles.
Lee says she’s uncertain if the violence will change for minorities across the country, but says the protest in Ardmore is an example on how a voice can be heard.
"This is going to continue on for a very long time. Live means much more to me than product, money and market. Lives are what matter, and Black Lives matter, man. I wish people would open their eyes to that,” said Gordon.