Hundreds of people gathered at Mount Shasta’s Parker Plaza Tuesday evening to shine a light on police violence, chanting slogans like “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace.”
The Justice for George Floyd event, which was circulated on Facebook, remained peaceful. Organizers Alicia Corona and Caelan Wright said the event was meant to “spread awareness to the injustice that has been happening to the black community across America,” and was a place to have open discussions on how the Siskiyou County community can make a difference in today’s society.
The group of protestors, many carrying signs with messages calling for racial equality, walked from the plaza south to Mount Shasta Police Department, where they kneeled silently for eight minutes and 48 seconds – the length of time former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck, killing the black man on Memorial Day.
Protests have spread across the country since Floyd was killed, and many have turned to violence.
After remaining silent for the allotted time, the group walked back to Parker Plaza, where people stood on the benches to speak to the crowd.
Osa Traylor gave an impassioned plea for police violence against black people to stop. She read aloud the names of some of the victims, including Floyd and others like Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
A similar event has been organized for Yreka on Friday. In a press release, the Yreka Police Department said organizers of that event have assured them the protest will be peaceful, as well.
“The Yreka Police Department fully respects and supports the rights of individuals to peacefully protest and stand up for justice. It is our intent to honor this right while maintaining the safety and security of the citizens of Yreka and businesses.”
YPD asked the public to remember laws that prohibit the open carrying of firearms in public and at protests in the state of California.
“In the event the protest becomes non-peaceful the Yreka Police Department with the assistance of our local, state, and federal partners are prepared to take appropriate action,” the release states.