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IMAGES: Lafayette residents march together against racism, police brutality

Posted at 10:50 AM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 20:22:02-04

A peaceful march was held this morning in Lafayette starting at the Lafayette Strong Pavilion on Camellia Blvd. and continuing through River Ranch.

The large group marched down Camellia Blvd., holding signs and chanting, "No justice, no peace." People gathered from all different walks of life to march together against police brutality and racism.

"It's a lot of people out here," said protester Jonaton Prejean. "I appreciate them out here, because I was a victim of police brutality. I felt alone, now I feel I'm not alone anymore."

Speaker Larry Lloyd was one of the speakers at the rally, telling protesters, "I believe this generation, like no other generation, is going to stand up because of what is happening with race relations in America."

Many participants emphasized how encouraged they were to see people of all colors showing solidarity.

"It feels different. The beautiful thing that I see out of these protests is it's just not people of my color, it's not just African Americans," said Don Mitchell. "We see tons of white people coming out and putting their lives on the line for equal justice."

One woman joined the march with her young children. She explained how it was important to be an example for her kids.

"My children, who are surrounded by beautiful children of all colors, they know it. But the adults need to know it," Chrissy Thompson said. "They need to see us walking, saying we can't be silent anymore. When you see it, call it out and speak out."

"It's a beautiful thing," said one protester. "People want change. People really want change. Black and white - it's not a color right now. It's about justice and peace."

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