TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Over 50 protesters gathered Saturday afternoon near the Terre Haute Police Department to protest the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a black man, was handcuffed and pleading for air as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck Monday. His death sparked protests across the country this week.
Chauvin and three other officers involved were fired following Floyd’s death, and Chauvin was charged with murder Friday.
Protest organizer, Erick Beverly, said it’s his reason for protesting is simple.
“I’m out here for Minneapolis. I’m out here for all the innocent black men, women and children that have lost their lives due to corrupt officers that are out here that are supposed to protect and serve us,” he said.
Protesters brought signs and chanted sayings like “I can’t breathe,” “Black lives matter,” and “No justice, no peace,” while marching back and forth from the THPD headquarters to the Vigo Co. Courthouse.
Beverly said the community’s support meant a lot to him and he hopes his efforts will lead to change in the future.
“I believe there’s power in numbers. No matter the color of your skin, as long as you have the same intentions and want to do something for a good cause, we’ll be able to work it out,” Beverly said.
Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen released the following statement:
“We recognize that our agency has been selected by a group of citizens as a destination for expressing their beliefs on a matter of importance. We support the rights of all citizens and will protect their right to assemble peacefully.”Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen