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Published 6/7/2020
9:54pm

Black Lives Matter Owosso Protests Peaceful

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Josh Holliday

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice have spread across the world in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis two weeks ago. While peaceful protests in many cities have been marred by looters, violence and rioting, last weekend, protests in Flint emerged as a beacon to the world of true unity, as law enforcement, allies and people of color walked together in protest against systemic racism that has plagued the country since its birth. On Saturday, protestors filled Owosso city streets, and mid-Michigan, again, showed the world that black lives don't just matter; black lives are worthy, black lives are beloved and black lives are needed.

"Hundreds of people assembled to protest and the gathering was peaceful and well-organized," State Representative Ben Frederick wrote in a Sunday morning Facebook post

"The site looks pristine this morning. More than that, attendees expressed a sense of camaraderie that will certainly inform how they approach individual relationships and their government. What could’ve been a moment of shame or embarrassment for this community is now one of pride and reflection. Well done, Owosso."

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Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole said he doesn't know of anyone that wasn't disgusted by what happened to George Floyd and that local officials knew people were angry and wanted to be heard.

BeGole and Owosso Director of Public Safety, Kevin Lenkart, walked with the group.

He said local law enforcement met with organizers ahead of the event. Organizers said they were planning a peaceful demonstration that would wrap by around 4:30pm, BeGole said, "and that is exactly what happened. I was pretty proud."

BeGole praised Lenkart and Owosso Police Lt. Eric Cherry for doing a great job coming up with an operational plan. He estimated 350 were in attendance.

BeGole also emphasized the great cooperation between the numerous law enforcement agencies that worked together to plan and keep the protest safe. "It went really smooth."

Bancroft, Corunna, and Laingsburg Police Depts., along with Michigan State Police, joined the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office and Owosso Public Safety at the event.

See video here and more photos below.

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