Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — As violent protests have broken out across the country over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer May 25.
In response, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II issued the following statement encouraging communities across Michigan to designate areas for peaceful demonstrations:
“As Americans, this is one of the most challenging periods in our lifetimes. People in communities of color across the nation and right here in Michigan are feeling a sense of exhaustion and desperation. Communities are hurting, having felt that calls for equity, justice, safety, and opportunity have gone unheard for too long. We stand in solidarity with those who are seeking equitable justice for everyone in our state. We can’t live in a society and a country where our rights and our dignity are not equal for all. The First Amendment right to protest has never been more important, and in this moment when we are still battling a killer virus, it is crucial that those who choose to demonstrate do so peacefully, and in a way that follows social distancing guidelines to protect public health. Our administration is working closely with local elected officials, public safety, and faith, and youth leaders to encourage communities across the state to designate areas for peaceful demonstrations where people can make their voices heard. There will no doubt be more tough days ahead, but we must pull together and treat our fellow Michiganders with dignity, compassion, and humanity.”Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II
Peaceful protests are underway in Newark, Philadelphia, and other U.S. cities.