LIMA — Another peaceful protest march was held in Lima on Saturday. The “No Justice, No Peace” protest was to honor George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer and call attention all of those slain at the hands of a police officer.
The group, estimated at between 400 to 500 people, began their march at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center. The marchers proceeded east on Market Street, then south on Main Street to the corner of Main and Elm streets then back north on Main Street to Market Street, where they went another block to the Lima Police station. When they reached the station, they kneeled in front of it for more than 8 minutes, representing the time the accused officer placed his knee on the neck of Floyd.
Last week, a much smaller group marched from Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center to the Lima Police station, which was also organized by Curtis Shannon Jr.
“Today, we had a peaceful protest to recognize the injustice to black men, women and children in this country,” Shannon said. “As you can see in recent news George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Natosha ‘Tony’ McDade, Sean Reed, Tarika Wilson — and the list goes on — have been murdered unjustly and officers aren’t being charged adequately. I don’t know about you all but this did not only happen in Minneapolis and Glynn County, Georgia, this happened right here in Lima, Ohio. Rest in peace, Tarika Wilson. Justice for Tarika Wilson.”
Shannon says more needs to be done on the judicial side to make the law officers in Minnesota held responsible.
“We are tired of the countless acts of injustice. Every single one of those officers deserves a murder charge and harsh sentences for the death of George Floyd. We, in this day and age, never witnessed a lynching, we only heard about it or saw pictures of the heinous acts. But this is what we all witnessed, a public lynching for all to see. No justice, no peace!,” Shannon said.
Shannon also wants to hold the community accountable for the 2004 police shooting of Wilson.
“As for Lima, Ohio, you are guilty of not taking black lives seriously. Tarika Wilson died while holding her son while her children witnessed it. We all know the story and it’s vivid in our memory. We went to school with her children, and we couldn’t imagine it happening to our parents — and yet this police officer walks the street,” Shannon said.
Tarika Wilson was shot and killed in 2008 during a raid by Lima police officers, who were looking for her boyfriend in the residence.
Lima police expressed gratitude to the peaceful protesters in a posting on the department’s Facebook page.
“The protest that is currently taking place in downtown Lima is peaceful. We are thankful for how our community handles things like this. Thank you, Lima,” the message stated.
Shannon said they are planning another protest combined with a Juneteenth celebration starting at 1 p.m. June 19 on Lima’s Town Square.
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