Huntington community holds ‘peaceful protest’ against police brutality

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Protests – both quiet and violent – are being held in cities across the country. In Huntington today, protestors — with signs in hand reading “No justice, no peace” — began with a march around ritter park.

Those we spoke with have the same reason for being here..

I’m just out here to support over 300 years of systematic oppression, especially within the black community.

Heather Stewart

We’ve got to show solidarity to our community. Being in the tri-state, why wouldn’t I come out to support my fellow people of this country.

Cameron Miller

We have to stand up and support what is going on, support these protestors. Support rallies because what has happened is somebody was murdered in the streets.

Austin Johnson

The protest was peaceful and while the local police weren’t visible, they were close by and even assisted as marchers left the park for Pullman Square downtown.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says he believes the Huntington community is perfect for a peaceful demonstration.

Standing together as a community means that we are standing in common unity and I’m proud that we have this in Huntington. I’m proud that this is being done in a peaceful manner. We know where peoples’ hearts are. They’re outraged as they should be and we all are.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams

Williams says police officers in Huntington are trained to deal de-escalate situations to hopefully avoid incidents like the one in Minneapolis.

Protestors say that they are furious with the status quo, but say this can be fought peacefully – without violence.

It’s time to turn it to a local level. It is time to hold your local representatives, your commissioners, your mayors, it is time to … It is time to make them speak up on this. They are quiet, they sit in their houses and they ignore what is going on. Bring the attention to their homes.

Austin Johnson

Several protesters shared their personal experiences of racist behavior and are urging others in the community to join them in speaking out.

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