CLOVIS (KSMX)- Community members in Clovis and Portales held a peaceful protest on Friday, mirroring a nationwide movement in honor of racial inequality and social justice.
A large group of approximately 200 residents of all ages, colors and backgrounds in the community was seen in front of the Curry County Courthouse along with local government leaders and law enforcement officials. Law enforcement was seen engaging with the crowd, talking and ensuring the safety of all participants.
A protestor stated, “it’s about time we start looking at the root of these problems. It’s amazing how a small community like us can be so different but all agree that there is a problem and can stand up for what’s right.”
The protest began to walk up and down Main Street screaming chants of “I Can’t Breather and Say His Name”. Law enforcement walked along with them making sure they were safe and not disrupting traffic.
During a public gathering held Wednesday, Police Chief Doug Ford stated, “We respect your first amendment rights and want you to exercise your rights. We are going to do everything in our power to keep you safe and to keep it from being anything else.”
Earlier this week, organizers sent out various posts on social media letting the public know of different gatherings that will take place in Clovis including a public forum, protest and lastly a vigil in honor of George Floyd. Organizers stated that these events will not tolerate any violence of any kind and later reached out to local law enforcement to let them know of the plans.