MIAMI TWP, Ohio (WDTN) – A peaceful protest against police brutality at Waldruhe Park in Miami Township began with nine emotional minutes of silence.
“It’s just kind of a reality check on how long nine minutes actually is. For someone to actually sit there and plead for their life for nine minutes not knowing if they’re going to make it through it or not is just so much and so hard to take in,” said Gabrielle Dickey, co-organizer.
The desire to end racial injustice shared among Miami Township residents young and old.
“We want to start to affect change so having town meetings, meetings with our community allowing them to voice their opinions. Not only to each other but to law enforcement and community officials in a safe atmosphere,” said Asia Gibbs, organizer, and founder of The Solution Movement.
Gibbs organized several peaceful protests this week with the help of local law enforcement but said there was no cooperation from many in the community.
“This is a community where they get to turn a blind eye because they can go inside their houses and act as if they don’t know that change is needed,” she said.
And while she chose to peacefully make her voice heard, she made it clear that she stood in unison with everyone supporting the fight against police brutality.
“There’s a lot to be said about the unheard, and the tired. Rioting, looting, and burning things down is because what else is there if we lack the knowledge, and tools and people aren’t listening to us? Our children are dying and our sons and husbands and wives and mothers. How can I then talk poorly about someone who is doing something differently than what I am doing?” Gibbs said.
The demonstration remained peaceful.