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In Doylestown, hundreds demand justice for Floyd

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The center of Doylestown was filled with several hundred protestors Monday afternoon, joining a nationwide call for an end to police brutality and justice for George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis.

As cars passed by the busy intersection, many blaring their horns in support, protestors raised signs reading “I Can’t Breathe,” “Police are the Pandemic” and “Stop Pretending Your Racism is Patriotism.”

“My heart hurts every time,” said Marie Stevens, referring to black men and women killed by police. The Doylestown Borough resident, who stood with the demonstrators, said, “We have a bigger problem in America and we all have to be part of the solution. It’s distressing to me that we aren’t all part of the solution.”

Gesturing to the large, passionate crowd of protestors chanting “No Justice, No Peace” and “Say His Name,” Stevens said, “this gives me hope.”

Police were stationed throughout the area, including officers in front of several downtown businesses. Some stores had boarded up their windows.

Central Bucks Regional Police Chief Karl Knott estimated the crowd at 300. Protestors, the majority of whom were wearing masks, have “been very orderly and very compliant,” said the chief. That’s all we can ask for.”

At times, demonstrators laid face down along the sidewalks and in the Starbucks parking lot, repeating, “I can’t breathe,” the last words Floyd reportedly spoke before his death.

“It’s time for white people to stand up and take some of this burden, black people can’t do it alone,” said Jenny Hughes, of Ottsville. “More people need to change their thinking. This is real,” she added.

Kristin and Efrain Hughes (no relation to Jenny Hughes) demonstrated with their two sons, Morgan, 8, and Efrain, 12. The family, who lived in Doylestown for many years, now live in Hopewell, NJ.

“We need to support other people,” said the younger Efrain. “We need to be respectful and kind to every living thing.”

Kristin said she and her husband, a native of Argentina, are teaching their children that “they are privileged and to use that privilege to respect all lives.”


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