SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds took to the streets of Franklin to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd, Sunday, May 30. The march was organized by Jasmine “Jazzy” Bannon alongside Melanated Minds of NJ, a group committed to the advancement of African Americans.
Local resident Davren Noble, a local photographer was on the scene and captured the moment.
“I really felt this was a moment in history that needed to be documented and images tell stories at times that words can't fully explain,” Noble told TAPinto.
Throughout the protest, residents filmed and raised fists in support as the crowd walked by, while many cars honked their horns and revved their engines alongside continued chants of “Black lives matter!!”
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Local officials walked alongside protesters for more than two hours to chants of “I can’t breathe!” and “No justice, no peace!” Council members Crystal Pruitt, Carl Wright and Ram Anbarasan were joined by state Assemblyman Joe Danielson (D-Franklin), among others.
Read below for word from some officials:
Township of Franklin Director of Public Safety Quovella M. Spruill said in a statement:
It is important that we do not allow the events occurring around the nation to divide us now. We have work to do, but it is possible when we do it together. The men and women of the Franklin Township Police Department take pride in the relationship they have with the community. I can assure you that our officers will treat everyone they encounter with professionalism, dignity and respect. My command staff and I hold our officers to the highest standards possible. All police officers take an oath to never betray their badge, integrity, character or the public’s trust. Officers must also hold each other accountable.
Freeholder Director, Shanel Robinson said in a statement:
Unfortunately, I’m unable to be with you today, due to health reasons, but I AM standing with you! As we gather today in response to a black man dying at the hands of a white police officer, I remind you that this is a peaceful protest AND don’t just get mad .....VOTE & complete the CENSUS. We owe it to our community to speak up and speak out. Don’t just march, rally, or protest ... VOTE, attend council and board meetings, stay focus, stay engaged, and stay united! Keep social distance and wear face covering or mask....Be safe, be well, and be blessed!:
Assemblyman Joe Danielsen said in a statement:
Participating in Sunday’s peaceful march showed what is right with our country, the ability to have civil discourse on those social and political issues which need addressing. Franklin Township can be proud of our diversity which embraces the values of all its citizens and promotes the varying opinions of all. I am honored to be their representative in the state assembly.
Councilman At-Large Ram Anbarasan said in a statement:
I am reminded of Mahatma Gandhi, who achieved India’s independence through non-violence movement against Britain. Hundreds of Franklin’s citizens of all ages and color came together today to demand Justice and Equality, peacefully. To be one among them i felt so humbled in this historic new beginning of a moment which I believe would lead to real changes in our justice system. Franklin is model for the country where diversity is respected. We are proud to be in this town.
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