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Parents hope peaceful protest encourages change for their children's future

Posted at 6:58 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 07:48:24-04

LAFAYETTE — A diverse group of people stood on both sides of University Avenue and Johnston street in Lafayette, Sunday morning. All of them chanting messages like, "Hands up! Don't shoot!"

Kerneqa Griffin was one of thousands in attendance.

"This is so touching, it's beautiful," Griffin said.

Griffin stood on University Avenue with her children.

"It's important, because growing up today, they need to know, they need to be aware of what's going on in the world, so were going to teach them to be aware," Griffin said.

Among other parents in the crowd, someone who is no stranger to the causes, Victor White.

"So from everything we have been through to see it come to this, it was well worth it, my son's death is not in vain," White said.

White's son died in police custody in Iberia Parish. He was shot while handcuffed in the back of a cruiser. The death was ruled a suicide. White says he won't stop fighting.

"There's no need to go out loot, and take things, steal. Because it takes away from the true mission, it takes away the statement, therefore we lose the focus. Takes the focus off the matter, we can't change laws if we continue to break laws," White said.

With Sunday's peaceful protest, parents hope that in itself is a lesson for effecting change.

"I feel like we're all equal, no matter the color, we're all equal, the fact that we have to teach our sons and they don't is frustrating," Griffin said.

Sunday's protest lasted until 1 pm, read more about it here.

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