Protesters gather outside Jefferson City Police Department
JEFFERSON CITY – About 20 people gathered in front of the Jefferson City Police Department on Friday to fight racial injustice.
Protesters used sharpies to make signs saying “Black Lives Matter,” “Keep Hope Alive,” “Say Their Names” and more.
“We have to have some changes here in Jefferson City,” Earnette Smith, a protester, said. “I’ve been here over 30 years. I’ve seen change, but it hasn’t changed for everybody though.”
He said he wants to see more from city leaders.
“When things get tough, they tend to run and leave the less fortunate in these precarious positions, and then they deem it the ‘ghetto,’” Smith said.
Protest organizer Hans Overton said he wants to see change. He led an 8-minute and 46-second silence for George Floyd and “all people killed by the police.”
People held hands while others knelt and held up signs.
When there wasn’t silence, people passed around a microphone to share their experiences or lead chants.
No police officers came outside during the demonstration.