IRONTON, OH (WOWK) — “Black Lives Matter” rallies continue as protestors have gathered along the Ohio River in Ironton Sunday protesting against police brutality.
The second protest in Ironton, Ohio in the past two weeks ended as another evening of peace. Protestors sat along the riverbank as speakers and performers spoke on their personal experiences.
The event was coordinated with city officials including mayor Sam Cramblit and the Ironton Police Department. However, the event was organized by by one Ironton resident with a goa of spreading peace and love.
Reese Stager started planning the protest with the idea in mind of safety and not violence.
We wanted to go about this in a very peaceful manner. We wanted it to be more of just a rally for people to speak and let everyone know this community is together on this. We’re not a divided community, we love everyone and we wanted this to turn out perfect.Reese Stager
Mayor Cramblit attended the rally with a similar goal in mind, to hear what people had to say about what needs to be changed.
We’re different, we want to be part of the change. We want to show progress. That’s why I’ve challenged a lot of people to… We need to hear from everyone. If we’re going to have change here, we need, we want it, but we need to hear from everyone.Mayor Sam Cramblit
The event lasted almost two hours including an eight minute moment of silence for the lives lost to police brutality.