City of Cabot holds peaceful protest

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CABOT, Ark. — In Lonoke County, hundreds of people marched peacefully in downtown Cabot calling for justice in the death of George Floyd.

“If you ready to protest against police brutality say hands up, dont shoot,” said a protesters.

It’s a chant… That’s been heard everywhere.

“I am exhausted absolutely exhausted of seeing my brothers and sister gunned down with their hands up, five officers surrounding them with their hands up no weapon why,” said Deairra Griffin an organizer of the protest. “We protest peacefully.”

On Thursday, hundreds of people marched from Plaza Blvd. to the Cabot Police Department.

“I am really proud that this is a peaceful protest because I know throughout the country there has been riots and looting everywhere,” said Anthony Council who lives in Cabot.

Morehouse Student and Cabot native, Anthony Council was one of the many who took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds for George Floyd.

“It really felt like really strong for me because I know what I’m doing it for. I’m not doing it for my own self. I’m doing it for everyone who looks like me who doesn’t look like me and whoever gets harassed by the police officers,” said Council.

But organizers say this protest means so much more.

“This is for Tommy Ray, this is for Ahmad Aubrey, this is for all the people who have been victimized by police,” said Griffin.

It’s a cause people in Cabot were proud to support.

“Cabot is outstanding. I didn’t expect this many people to come out and support this peaceful protest,” said Barry Jefferson the President of Jacksonville NAACP.

As protest continues across the country, people say things simply need to change.

“It’s going to take this and people going to the voting polls, people need to register and people need to go vote,” said Jefferson.

CABOT, Ark. — People have been protesting all over the state of Arkansas and today we look at the City of Cabot.

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