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Decatur community shows unity as they march in country-wide protest

Hundreds of people held a peaceful demonstration in Decatur for the killing of George Floyd.

Posted: May 31, 2020 4:04 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2020 8:00 AM

In Decatur, there was a peaceful demonstration where hundreds of people showed up, mostly dressed in black, and marched to show they stand with others during this tough time.

People came out from across the city to demonstrate the size of the movement in North Alabama and show their support to the Black community after the killing of George Floyd.

Participants were asked to wear black, and one woman told us that means more to her than most will ever know.

Those who wanted to participate in the peaceful demonstration were asked to come with a sign and peace of mind knowing this was indeed a non-violent protest.

Those involved were not asked to wear masks, but almost everyone did come with a mask to not spread germs.

As the organizers were unsure of how many people would show up, in less than in an hour, nearly 200 people came ready to march.

There were even more who drove beside them as they marched a quarter mile chanting the entire way.

One woman we spoke to said as she saw people show up in unity with black clothing, it made her realize it's more than just something she can put on.

"Wearing black is what I do everyday. So hey, this is just who I am. So I'm going to continue to be who I am. If that means I wear black everywhere beyond me being a Black individual, I'll do it for the rest of my life," said Stephanie Taylor-Plummer.

Taylor-Plummer came out from Madison County to be a part of this protest, and she told us she wanted to set an example for her students as well.

The demonstration started at the courthouse and everyone walked a quarter mile, chanting things like "Black lives matter" and "I can't breathe" for the city of Decatur to hear.

One of the organizers says that's what the protest is all about.

"To truly communicate about it and for everyone to come together so we can come up with solutions," said Jessica Morris

Morris told WAAY 31 it doesn't stop here. She said to make a difference, a conversation must be had and protests need to be done peacefully.

"Let people know that we hear them. That we are here for you and we are willing to do what it takes for this to change," said Morris.

Across the country, there are several cities that have been looted and burned, and many people told us they don't agree with that tactic.

Taylor-Plummer said it's going to take more protests for people to hear the struggle of so many, but she wants people to do it the right way.

"Honestly, I'm glad to see people standing up and doing something. Now, the looting, no," she said.

Decatur Police rode beside everyone who marched to keep them safe as they made their way, and officers on scene told WAAY 31 they're happy everyone stayed peaceful.

In any demonstration, law enforcement must be present because they say their main priority is keeping the public safe.

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