Fort Worth Mayor Attends Protest, As Sixth Night Of Demonstrations In DFW Remains Largely Peaceful
Demonstrators marched and rallied across North Texas for a sixth consecutive night, protesting police brutality and structural racism. As of 10 p.m. the events had remained largely peaceful, with officials sharing moments of solidarity with protesters around the region.
A group gathered at the courthouse in Fort Worth Wednesday afternoon — and were joined by Mayor Betsy Price.
.@MayorBetsyPrice showed up at the courthouse where the protest is starting today to talk to the crowd. Here she’s speaking with organizer Carol Harrison Lafayette who just introduced her to the crowd. Seemed like some of the younger protesters didn’t recognize her. (@wfaa) pic.twitter.com/zbkzUPvylL— William Joy (@WilliamJoy) June 3, 2020
Price did not address the crowd but spoke with individual protesters, according to KXAS-TV.
“We’re all mourning,” Price said. “We’re all hurt by the death of George Floyd and I wanted to come let them know we care, and to listen to their concerns.”
The event started to wind down ahead of the city's 8 p.m. curfew.
Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked these protests in North Texas, across the U.S. and around the globe. It was announced Wednesday afternoon that the officer who killed Floyd would face a second degree murder charge, in addition to previous charges. It was also announced that the three other officers also involved in Floyd’s death would face charges of aiding and abetting murder.
A group gathered outside Dallas City Hall cheered when they heard about the additional charges, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Around 4 p.m., the group marched to Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was killed.
Every person in Dallas knows the weight you feel in Dealey Plaza.— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) June 3, 2020
JFK was shot here in 1963.
Minorities faced major adversities then, today protestors stopped to remind Dallas they still do.
It’s where hundreds took a moment and continued to sing ‘Lift Every Voice.’ pic.twitter.com/jRJ1OLZiNl
After several speakers addressed the crowd, the group dispersed. The Morning New reports around 200 members of the group broke off and began marching through downtown.
A group also demonstrated at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Dallas, outside the city's curfew zone. They were joined by Dallas City Councilmember Adam Bazaldua and other elected officials.