WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – As protests continue around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a peaceful demonstration was planned Sunday evening in Warren.
After a peaceful and successful protest last week, young community members took charge in Warren Sunday night to once again have their voices heard.
The protest was set to start at 6 p.m. at the AMP by Perkins Park.
“I think having the young crowd says something about how we feel right now and how we feel about our future. We’re tired of being silent. We can all vote and we can all make changes to the system. If it’s the young people that have to do it to inspire the older generations, then that’s the way it has to be,” said Isaac Carrino, coordinator of the protest.
Filled with passion and focus, Lacey Allen expressed the stigmas in the black community and why she decided to march.
“I want to show the world that black lives are more than what we’re seen to be. We’re smart, we’re educated, we’re more than what we’re seen to be,” Allen said.
“We need to all just come together because all we have is each other and we have to make that work,” said Jamareya Lumpkin, another protester at the event.
After marching through the downtown streets, there was a moment of silence, eight minutes and 46 seconds to be exact, which was how long George Floyd was held down by an officer before he died.
But despite the outrage many are feeling, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin says he’s proud of how the younger generations are protesting peacefully.
Mayor Franklin also assures that he’s doing his part to ensure his citizens’ safety.
“We have to be vigilant in how we address it every single day. You can’t let up on that because all it takes is one incident, one bad stop, and your community is thrown back decades in terms of how you implement justice,” Mayor Franklin said.
Protests like this have been happening all across the country, and the message from protesters in Warren has been clear.
“No justice, no peace, no racist police.”