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More than 150 rally in Max Patterson Park before marching on McLoughlin Boulevard

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protest organizer Sumin Wolfe (left) marches on McLoughlin Boulevard in support of the Black Lives Matter movement with her fellow Gladstone residents.

Gladstone residents showed up in force Friday, June 5, to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and protest the deaths of both Breonna Taylor and George Floyd — two black Americans killed at the hands of police in recent weeks.

Protesters gathered in Max Patterson Park next to John Wetten Elementary where organizer Sumin Wolfe is an employee. Being the only black woman employed by the school, she decided to take the initiative to organize a demonstration so that she and her neighbors could make their voices heard and spread the message to end police violence in their own community. Nearly 160 people came out — including Mayor Tammy Stempel and City Councilor Matt Tracy — to march from the park over to McLoughlin Boulevard where they chanted and held signs for passers by to see.

The peaceful protest was overwhelmingly positive with only one heated exchange between a distrguntled driver, which Tracy was able to quell quickly on behalf of citizens and demonstrators.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Gladstone residents arrived at Max Patterson Memorial Park early to hold signs on Exeter Street for cars passing by the rally point where demonstrators gathered to protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday, June 5.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Materials were made available for those joining the demonstration to make signs expressing support for Black Lives Matter, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protest organizers Sumin Wolfe (left) and Annessa Hartman (right) greeted protesters as they arrived at Max Patterson Memorial Park in Gladstone Friday and gave them sign materials, water and hand sanitizer.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Gladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel (left) and City Councilor Matt Tracy (right) lead the demonstratorss toward McLoughlin Boulevard from Max Patterson Memorial Park.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protesters march on Exeter Street toward McLoughlin Boulevard holding signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Friday afternoon's demonstration was family-friendly and included Gladstone residents young and old.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protestors line up along McLoughlin Boulevard holding signs and chanting.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Gladstone protesters line the sidewalk along McLoughlin Boulevard Friday afternoon.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Gladstone protesters line McLoughlin Boulevard Friday afternoon.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protesters line McLoughlin Boulevard in Gladstone Friday afternoon.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protesters line McLoughlin Boulevard in Gladstone Friday afternoon.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Drivers navigating McLoughlin Boulevard in Gladstone Friday afternoon honked and held fists out of their car windows in support of the messages held up by protesters.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protesters old and young march along McLoughlin Boulevard Friday afternoon in Gladstone.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Protesters turned off McLoughlin Boulevard and back toward Max Patterson Memorial Park where speakers talked about their experiences with racial injustice.


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