WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Back here in the Valley there were a couple of smaller peaceful marches in both Farrell and Warren.
“Hands up! Knees down. Hands up! Knees down!” was chanted through the streets of Farrell Saturday as part of a peaceful protest to the police station.
Approximately 30 people protested as an effort to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police across the country.
“I don’t think a police officer should should come and arrest, judge and sentence on the same day,” said Anthony Gregory, of Farrell.
Protestors tell me a similar incident happened here in Farrell three years ago with 27 year-old Donteau Napier .He was gunned down by officers when it appeared he was reaching under his shirt.
The Mercer County District Attorney exonerated the officers in that cases, calling it justified.
Organizer Kimberly Doss says she hopes to educate people about the law and their rights.
“And ensure they know what to do when they are approached by a police officer, plus we want to help our police officers and our people feel safe and trust each other,” said Kimberly Doss, the march organizer.
Over in Warren, several people picked up signs and wore black and marched from the police department to the courthouse square. They say the divisiveness in the community has got to stop.
“We are not helping each other by remaining silent. We are not achieving anything by being against the police and the police aren’t getting cooperation by being against a certain segment of the community,” said Charlene Blackwell, Warren Blackout organizer.
In both communities, this is just a first step….and through prayer, the hope is that change will happen.