Crown Point Protestors March On

Jun 1, 2020

A protestor holds a sign that reads "Black Lives Matter" during a protest in Crown Point, IN on Monday, June 1, 2020.
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Crown Point, IN - About 100 protestors gathered in Crown Point, Monday afternoon, to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd was the Minneapolis, MN man who was killed after now former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 mintues. Floyd cried out "I cannot breathe," while Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Counter-protestors watch on during a protest in Crown Point, on Monday, June 1, 2020.
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With that same phrase echoing off the walls of the historic Crown Point Courthouse, the protestors chanted "I can't breathe," as well as "His name was George Floyd." The peaceful protesters also chanted "Black lives matter," and when they did so, they were met with counter-protestors who called out "so do white lives."

Crown Point Mayor David Uran, and a full team of city police officers kept order, blocking part of South Main Street, to prevent vehicles and protesters from colliding. Though, a counter-protestor broke through the crowd and began yelling at protestors before police worked their way over to remove him from the group of protestors.

Crown Point Mayor David Uran eases tensions between protesters and counter-protesters during a rally in Crown Point, on Monday, June 1, 2020.
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Mayor Uran talked with the protestors about bridging the communities of Northwest Indiana. He said Crown Point is open to everyone and that the Region needs to come together.

The group of protestors then joined in prayer with Mayor Uran, and they then began their march north on Main Street towards the Lake County Government Center, under a full police escort.

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