Black Lives Matter protest in Crawfordville

Published: Jul. 18, 2020 at 1:44 PM EDT
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CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) - Nearly 100 protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement marched from the Winn Dixie to Hudson Park in Crawfordville. Along the route is another 100 counter protesters lining the streets.

The protest was a planned event in Wakulla county with the Sheriff’s Office post an advisory ensuring the presence for the safety of all who attended. WCSO told us they were happy that things remained peaceful. Some people drove in from out of town but others call Wakulla County home.

One resident, Demetrius Lindsey, explained why he was out protesting. He says, “It’s tough to see so much hate. And literally a divide. It’s one side, police, and another side. And it shouldn’t be like that.”

On the other side of the protest, there was support for law enforcement with sign that said “Back the Blue.” Wakulla County Commissioner Ralph Thomas stood with the counter-protesters. He said he wanted to make sure things remained peaceful.

Thomas asked, “Have you tried to get people on your side other than just polarizing in a mob like this?”

He added, “This is just not a productive way for anybody on any side to solve this problem.”

A crash involving two vehicles, one a BLM protester and the other a counter protester, did occur during the walk.

A protester was also detained temporarily before being released back to his group. We have confirmed with WCSO that no arrests were made today.

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