Peaceful protest held in Germantown to demand change


GERMANTOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – About 100 protesters came to Veterans Memorial Park to march through Germantown in support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many came to listen to people’s stories of racism and police brutality, and some were there because of their own experiences in the community,

“My child’s black,” protester Jill Geswein said. “This community I thought was so safe and kind of protected. And lately things have been raised to my attention that I know I need to protect him and other black people.”

Several police agencies were called to make sure the protest remained peaceful.

While most of the protesters were there to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, a group of about two dozen counter protesters gathered too.

“They have a right to come out here and march,” Tim Sweeney said.”I have a right to speak my voice too. I don’t think anywhere else in the world people have the opportunities that they have like they have in the country, so don’t try to destroy it.”

The counter protesters’ presence created tension between the two groups.

One man stepped in to mediate the two groups.

“I wanted to be there for them to know that somebody dressed like me, a veteran, is here to support them,” Mark Holland said. “For them to be able to come out here and voice their grievances, voice their concerns, and to do it without fear.”

That’s when the tone shifted to a conversation about issues in the community and country.

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