Friday , June 21 2024

Local Protesters Express Frustration Over Michael Brown, Eric Garner Deaths

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<font size="2"><p>Protests continue in the wake of decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York not to indict white police officers in the deaths of black men. A Fresno pastor held a peaceful protest on Sunday afternoon in Downtown Fresno at the corner of Fresno and C streets. A group of about twenty gathered and laid in the middle of the street to voice their frustrations about the recent deaths.</p>Standing on what New Life Church of God’s Reverend Floyd D. Harris Jr. calls &quot;injustice corner&quot;, located on Fresno St. and C St., for many, was an opportunity for change.<br /><br />Local protestors Joaquin Diaz DeLeon said, &quot;If we don’t do it now, it’ll never happen. And my kids and your kids will go through the same drama.&quot;<br /><br />DeLeon calls that &quot;drama&quot; the recent divide between police officers and minorities in the community.<br /><br />He said, &quot;There’s no excuse that law enforcement who serve the people by our dollars that we work for, as you work for too, to not be held accountable.&quot;<br /><br />Church leaders like Harris said when there is no justice, there is no peace. Local protesters have even demonstrated their frustrations by blocking traffic on Blackstone Avenue friday night.<br /><br />&quot;The violence is the police, that’s who’s violent. Don’t put the violence on us,&quot; exclaimed Harris.<br /><br />But Jacky Parks, the president of the Fresno Police Officers Association said all the scrutiny is not fair.<br /><br />Parks said, &quot;I think most officers aren’t afraid to say it, I mean, we’re scared too.&quot;<br /><br />Parks says what dictates a police officer’s behavior is the the action of the person they’re contacting.<br /><br />&quot;The number one thing that you’re worried about is being safe, keeping our community safe, and getting back home to your family,&quot; said Parks.<br /><br />Parks said if officers are in a confrontation or attempting an arrest, the goal is to use the least amount of force necessary. Now being a time for understanding from both sides.</font></div>

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