Dozens protest in Lancaster to show disagreement with Michael Brown decision

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Protestors in our area took to the streets of Lancaster on Black Friday in support of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The date wasn’t random, they picked Black Friday in support of Brown for a reason. Across the nation, those in support of Michael Brown have chosen to boycott Black Friday and honor the teen. Close to 100 people marched from Penn Square to the police station at 9 a.m. The protest lasted a few hours.

“We don’t think that the justice system right now is a very just way of working,” says Daniele Spagnolo, a protestor.

“1965 was 50 years ago and it’s unbelievable to me that the police are still gunning black people down in the street so I feel like it’s my civic duty to be out here and say something,” says Ben Weiss, a protestor.

Despite the violence in Ferguson, Friday's protest in Lancaster was peaceful. Those protesting know their efforts won't change the justice system. But they hope at least it sparks a conversation about racism in our society.

"We need to keep speaking about the problems that are arising so we can fix them. If we don't talk about the problem, there will never be any kind of discussion to help us fix the problem," says Gilda Pena, a protestor.

6 comments

  • Fedup

    Can you say useful idiots? Maybe they should have gone and looted and burned Park City like their MO counterparts. They must not really be down for the struggle. Are they going to protest for Dillon Taylor? A white unarmed 20 year old who was killed by a black officer in Salt Lake City TWO days after the Ferguson incident. Never heard of it him? That’s because his story doesn’t fit the news media’s agenda that all whites are privileged racists. All these people do is perpetuate racism.

  • Bill Spahr

    What a bunch of local idiots! All this hoop-la, rip-snort and BS over a punk street kid THUG that was lucky he didn’t get jailed or shot before. The court has spoken, no amount of ‘demonstrating’ is going to change a damn thing. The police officer should be awarded a commendation and promoted
    for getting another criminal off the streets!

  • no

    Really if it was the other way around no one would even now. They must have nothing else to do. Go shopping smart people and let the losers go for it.

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    The title would better be written:
    Dozens protest in Lancaster to show disagreement with Darren Wilson decision
    Or best be written:
    Dozens protest in Lancaster to show disagreement with Grand Jury decision

    The Grand Jury was convened to determine the officer’s legal fate based on his reaction in a situation.

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    Also interesting to note that when military personnel are faced with similar danger in another country and shoot an attacker, they are heralded as heroes from countrymen. There is an uncanny parallelism.

    By the way, was it ever proven that Mike Brown actually committed the theft which led to the accosting by Darren Wilson? Haven’t heard about it and don’t feel like sifting through the rubble of articles.

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