Springfield protesters share why they protest

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Protesters came out in small numbers Tuesday afternoon to share their voice against police brutality.

“I’m worried about the world and the state of affairs when it comes to kids,” said Alexis Willis, a protester. “Especially my grandson. It breaks my heart seeing people being mistreated for the color of their skin.”

About 20 protesters gathered in front of City Hall, all protesting the same thing but for different reasons. They say they are out protesting because taking a knee didn’t affect change.

“We’re tired of being quiet, we’re tired of nobody listening, we’re tired of having to fight just the right to be treated equally,” said Nessa Smith, a protester.

One of the protesters, Connor Postle, was carrying an American flag, but not in the usual way.

“When you fly an American flag upside down, it’s a symbol of distress,” said Postle. “That mixed with the no justice no peace, shows the symbol that our country is really in distress right now and we’re at a broken state.”

Almost all of the protesters were wearing masks and were peaceful.

“It sucks that the murdering of George Floyd had to be the thing that sparked a huge outrage for this to happen, but I’m glad more and more people are stepping up and taking part in this great movement, and I hope that we can make a change,” said Alec Boesehen, a protester.

Hear Alec Boeschen, Connor Postle, Alexis Willis, Nessa Smith, and Kiara Taylor share why they came to protest.

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