LIMA — Protesters marched from Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center on West Market Street east to the Lima police station, Saturday afternoon.
The group was upset over the death in Minnesota of George Floyd, who died while a police officer held a knee to his neck for around eight minutes.
That officer has been charged with third-degree murder.
Unlike protests in other cities, there was no violence or looting during Lima’s event, organized by Curtis Shannon.
In a live video posted to Facebook prior to the march, Shannon said he wanted to bring attention to not only the George Floyd death but others that prompted the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This is a peaceful protest,” Shannon said. “We’re doing this for every black person killed unjustly. We’re out here standing for George Floyd, Tatiana Brown. We will march to the Lima police station for Tarika Wilson who was killed in her home with her one-month-old son in her hands. This is unacceptable that we have to do this, that we have to stand here and keep antagonizing you for our basic civil rights.”
The protestors walked down West Market Street, taking up all four lanes shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice —No Peace”.
When they reached the Lima Police station, they knelt for nine minutes, in memory of Floyd.
Lima police chief Kevin Martin was aware of the peaceful protest and complimented the group on the way they conducted themselves.
“We appreciate the fact that people were out exercising their first amendment free speech privilege — their right to peaceably assemble and to express their viewpoints and we appreciate the fact that they kept everything peaceful and then orderly and that is exactly what the founding fathers intended,” Martin said.
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