Sherman leaders "proud" protest stayed peaceful

Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 4:31 PM CDT
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Hundreds gathered in Sherman Sunday night to protest the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"Very proud of our community as always, you know Sherman does things a little differently, we have a great unity amongst our folks and it bore out yesterday," Sherman mayor David Plyler said.

Plyler said he attended the protest in Sherman Sunday night with his family, and was pleased it stayed peaceful.

Sherman police chief, Zachary Flores, said no arrests were made in relation to the protest.

"It's a good representation of our community and we're proud that we're able to be a part of it," Flores said.

Hundreds of protestors marched from Fairview Park to the Grayson County courthouse Sunday night to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

Flores said officers were there to make sure protestors and bystanders stayed safe.

"We do sympathize with Mr. Floyd's family and agree that those actions shouldn't be done and again every day we're looking at the things we do to make sure they fit the expectations of our community," Flores said.

"It was a terrible terrible video, a terrible thing that happened but we're committed to use that as a spring board and really create dialogue with different community groups about how we can do better," Plyler said.

Several businesses including Walmart, Target, and Albertson's closed early Sunday night.

"I believe that happened as a corporate decision nationwide not only here in Sherman, but yes they did close early out of an abundance of caution," Plyler said.

Flores said if any protests happen in the future, his department plans to handle it the same way.

"We intentionally took a stance that was one that would allow the public to address their concerns and it not be about the police department leading this, to let the public lead themselves," Flores said.

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