“Keeping our residents, first responders and property safe is West Chester’s top priority,” township Trustee Ann Becker told the Journal-News after the vote.
Trustee Lee Wong also told the Journal-News, “Peaceful protests are valid. Violence and looting are not.”
Protesters continued to share stories and make speeches with 20 minutes to go until the curfew. Police said because it has been so peaceful it can go past the curfew. The protest did not wrap up until around 10:20 p.m., our partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.
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The first planned event to happen in Butler County was a march on Sunday morning through Hamilton and around the Butler County Courthouse that remained peaceful and ended after a few hours. This was the second planned event in the county.
Organizers of the West Chester event noted on Facebook they wanted to hold the event “to pray (or kneel, sing, meditate, whatever they prefer) for peace and unity. We won’t be out there long. We can still practice responsible social distancing as well. Let’s be the change we would all like to see. Our children are watching.”
Before the event started, the organizer published a video on Facebook
“This is not a riot, this is not a protest,” she said. “What I told my children last night and friends on Facebook is we’re going to get together and we’re going to pray, and we are going to send good vibes,” she said.
Later she said, “I’m so upset right now, because my phone is just blowing up. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all, OK. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then keep it to yourself, because you’re what’s wrong.”