SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Over 50 protesters gathered in downtown Springfield on Wednesday, June 3, to voice their opinions on police brutality.
They started at the square and made their way to the Springfield Police Department. There, they sat, chanted “Black Lives Matter” among other phrases, and took a moment of silence for George Floyd.
“It’s not to cause problems, it’s not to create an uproar, but I don’t want us to be the next Minneapolis, next Kansas City, next St. Louis,” said Demetrius Roston, a protest organizer.
A couple of officers went outside to ask protesters to not block the entrance, the group moved without any issues and no arrests were made.
The Springfield Police Department released a statement about today’s protest.
“We appreciate the protesters’ cooperation with officers and understand their desire to have their voices heard.”– Jasmine Bailey, SPD Public Information Officer
The group marched from the police station to the Greene County Justice Center where Sheriff Jim Arnott intervened.
“Simply asked them to just move out to the sidewalk and they’re fine where they’re at,” said Arnott.
Arnott says he is supportive of peaceful protests.
“I think it’s great,” said Arnott. “They have the right to be out there and say what they think and as long as they do that legally that’s all I’m concerned about.”
Jacobany Dye, a protester at the rally, says she hopes city leaders are paying attention to what is going on.
“I hope they kind of stand up a little bit,” said Dye. “I hope our city officials kind of realize that we’re not gonna stop until they say something. There’s things they can do.”
Dye says she hopes the Springfield Police Department releases a statement that represents the entire department and not just Chief Paul Williams, who released a statement addressing the city of Springfield.
To read Chief Paul Williams Statement, click here.