DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 100 protesters marched from Salem Avenue to the front of the Montgomery County Jail on Thursday, using peace to call for justice.
The event did not start with chants, but rather, with nine minutes of silence.
Asia Gibbs with the Solution Movement organized the protest because she says many protests have lacked organization.
“Your voice can’t be heard in chaos,” Gibbs said. “It gets lost. The message gets lost.”
Along the route, dozens of Dayton Police officers created a safe path to protest.
The Solution Movement spoke with police prior to marching to arrange their protection.
“The community needed to see they are on our side because there’s a lot going on negatively toward the officers, but at the end of the day, that’s who we have to call to protect us,” Chanel Banks with the Solution Movement said.
The group has a few items they still want to see Dayton Police address including: more accountability, community conversations, mental health resources for community members and police officers, and more education.
Chris Schlorman said he marched today to show his children the good example set by a peaceful protest.
“My concern is as a parent, is what type of country are they going to grow up into,” Schlorman said. “Their mother and I, we worry every day about what the future is going to hold for them if things continue the way they are continuing.”
Gibbs said she hopes this protest starts a conversation of change.
“We have to have a seat at the table, Gibbs said. “Black and brown people are exhausted from the violence, the lack of representation, and also just the total disregard for our lives.”
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