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Protests over George Floyd death continue in Missoula into fourth day

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 00:27:18-04

Protests outside of the Missoula County Courthouse continued into day four Monday, and people who gathered outside the courthouse say that their message has not changed.

"I don't think there is any other key but being peaceful," protester Stephanie Haines said. "I am not for the riots and the looting but I am for standing arm in arm across the entire nation until the brutality comes to an end."

"It's really insulting as a culture that doesn't want anything but equality to be disgraced and not only disgraced but murdered in cold blood day in and day out time after time again and nobody can do anything about it. It's really, really hard to watch," protester Desmond Davis added.

Hundreds of protesters began the day with chants of "we can't breathe" and "black lives matter" while also doing several marches outside of the courthouse and city hall.

At one point, all protesters laid on the ground in homage to the fatal arrest of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Protesters want change, saying they do not want to live in fear of the police.

"As the mother of a black man, I fear for his safety. I have a black daughter who is of light skin and I don't fear for her and that breaks my heart," Haines said.

"I don't want to have to worry about my dad. I don't want to have to think about the fact that he could get pulled over for something that he might not have even done and be executed on the spot," protester Mahogany Howard said.

"How it really begins is by voting. Voting is the start of it for sure. Really paying attention to who we are putting, not only as our president, but start local," protester Sania Simpson added.

Protesters stressed the importance of protesting peacefully to get their message across and primary election ballots are due on June 2.