Hundreds gathered at various spots throughout Newberg Thursday in solidarity with the myriad marches across the land since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Chanting "I Can't Breath," "George Floyd," "Don't Shoot" and "No lives matter until black lives matter," the crowd first gathered at the Chehalem Cultural Center to hear inspiring speeches from organizers. Carrying signs and continuing their chants, they then took to Hancock Street and a vacant lot across from City Hall to press their message of inclusion, fair treatment for blacks and what they characterized as systemic racism in some police departments.
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department, including Interim Chief Jeff Kosmicki, were on hand during the peaceful protests that lasted more than two hours. The officers only had to step in once during the event, when an unidentified man confronted the protestors on cith property, which elicited even more volume from the protestors in his direction. The man soon left the scene.
Passing motorists on Hancock and First streets honked their appreciation and support of the protestor, which returned the favor with hoot and howls.
(Editor's note: Additions to this story will be made as we are able to access organizers of the protest).
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