DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — Protests continued around Maryland and the Baltimore area Tuesday, rallying in support of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
Although the groups were noticeably smaller, organizers said they think it’s still important to get their message outREAD MORE: 29-Year-Old Man Shot & Killed Overnight
In Dundalk, Janelle organized this protest with her high school class mate. some here were just in elementary school.
“I think it’s necessary,” Janelle said. “I want to show people that we care.”
“I understand that it’s good to help the community and make a change,” Amani Carter said.
“I don’t think my skin color should grant me any more or less privilege than the next person,” Dalia Sierra added.
WJZ has seen Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt at several events, some with hundreds, others with just a handful. She said she hopes her presence sends a message of unity.
“The majority of these events have been youth organized, and it shows you the positive impact youth can have,” Hyatt said.
David Shieko said he usually keeps his thoughts to himself, but this time around, he’s taking a public stance.
“I think people are speaking up because it’s happening way too often,” Shieko said. “Someone dying when they are saying I can’t breathe and someone has got their knee on their neck or back.”READ MORE: M&T Bank Stadium To Open As COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site Today
Hyatt said it doesn’t matter how big the groups are, she thought it was important to get out and meet with community leaders especially since many of those leaders are from a new generation.
A protest was also held in Towson. Under the hot sun, dozens of people packed into the Patriot Plaza, calling for change.
“We’ve had enough, we have to end the silence we have to encourage this young people the next generation to make change,” Chrissy Thornton said.
Students, community leaders and members of the Baltimore County Board of Education took to the microphone to share stories and offer messages of hope.
“After all of these years, we are having the same conversations, but the difference is now we’re saying black lives matter,” Cheryl Pasteur, of the Baltimore County Board of Education, said.
“I wanted to execute my rights and I wanted to speak my rights and I wanted to be the change you see in the world so I came out,” Jaden Thornton said.
No matter how big the protest is, students like Jaden Thornton said its about making sure their voices are heard.
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