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Jun 01, 2020

Protestors Take to the Streets in Long Branch and Asbury Park

By Julia Mortimer

Photos by Sarah DeFelice

A peaceful protest was held Sunday afternoon in Pier Village for George Floyd and all of those affected by police brutality in America.

On May 25, Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. A deli employee called 911, accusing Floyd of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Squad cars arrived on scene, and Police Officer Derek Chauvin had Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately nine minutes. It was determined that Floyd did not have a pulse once paramedics arrived on scene. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree man slaughter.

Peaceful protests as well as violent riots have occurred all over the country as people draw attention to the ongoing issue of police brutality and use of excessive force against minorities. One protest was organized right here in Monmouth County this past weekend.

A Facebook group had been created titled, “Protest for George Floyd in Long Branch this Sunday at 2 PM.” There was also a livestream of the protest, where an estimated 150 people gathered. A member of the group stated that by the time the group reached City Hall, the crowd had grown to about 400 individuals. It had been noted by a member of the Facebook group that police were encouraging and friendly.

Red Bank resident Sarah DeFelice attended the protest and captured photos. She stated, “I wanted to capture the emotion of the day for everyone who couldn’t be there to feel like they were.”

There will be another protest today in Asbury Park at 5 pm in front of the post office on Bangs Avenue. According to the Asbury Park Police Department, this section of roadway will be closed from Main Street to Bangs Avenue starting at 4 pm.

“The Asbury Park Police Department stands in solidarity with our community to promote a peaceful demonstration,” the department said. “Furthermore, we denounce the actions of the officers involved in the murder of George Floyd and any acts of police misconduct.”