Friday, May 29, 2020
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' ACTIVISTS LAUNCH WEEKEND OF PROTEST!!!
We noted the focus on PEACEFUL protest last night and now the talk from local activists has grown more strident.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY #BLACKLIVESMATTER PROTESTERS PLAN WEEKEND OF DEMONSTRATIONS FOLLOWING THE POLICE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD!!!
The Country Club Plaza at the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain seems to the focus of the demonstrations SCHEDULED TO START AT 3PM AND CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHT, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY . . . That might thwart luxury foodie biz on planning to reopen and lure more customers back this Summer.
Here's the word . . .
Black Lives Matter KC Statement
Kansas City, It's protest time.
This protest serves as a time and space for people to grieve, honor, and raise their voices. We are not affiliated with an organization, but we are setting this up to amplify the community that has gone unheard for far too long.
This event is hosted by and put on by individuals from the African American community, but all are welcomed. Racism has been plaguing our society forever. Despite our progress, we still continue to be murdered and beaten by those whose very job is to serve and protect. We are going to protest Sunday to show that we will not tolerate this abuse anymore.
We will begin the protest with speeches from different members of the community from 2pm-3pm at the JC Nichols fountain. Following the speeches we will protest in and around the fountain and plaza area maintaining social distance, pedestrian and traffic laws until 4pm.
A few things:
- This is a PEACEFUL protest. No weapons, fighting or physical contact with anyone.
-We will get our point across without breaking the law. Do not instigate the police.
-Just because we are angry doesn't mean we should put others at risk trying to get our point across. SOCIAL DISTANCE and face masks encouraged. Do not let anger overshadow the progress we are trying to make.
Protests have already begun with more scheduled Friday evening, Saturday night and Sunday night.
Whilst critics cite push back against lockdown protests, This response of Mayor Quinton Lucas affirms the right of peaceful protest . . .
"I have spoken this morning with Kansas City Missouri Police Department Chief Rick Smith. Our community and our department stand ready for any peaceful demonstration. All in Kansas City have a right to be heard."
More details can be found at: https://www.kcpd.org/transparency/policies-and-procedures/
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