After the first local protest against police brutality and systemic racism following George Floyd’s death attracted more than 200 people to Downtown Tiffin on Sunday, a second protest is being planned for Friday.
Seneca County Project Peace, Nonviolent Tiffin, and Tiffin Area Pax Christi are planning to hold the protest, weather permitting, on Friday, June 5, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The protest will take place on the front lawn of the Seneca County Joint Justice Center, 117 E. Market St.
“We will continue to raise our voices calling from nonviolent transformational change to systemic racism,” Sister Paulette Schroeder wrote in a Facebook post.
The groups are encouraging participants to bring signs, wear masks, and practice social distancing.
Sunday’s protest attracted local leaders such as Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, Police Chief Fred Stevens, some members of Tiffin City Council, and Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas.
Police Chief Fred Stevens told TiffinOhio.net that the Tiffin Police Department supports peaceful protests, and that Stevens understands the “frustrations and injustices.”
“There’s no way to excuse what that officer did. What I told my officers, that’s pure lack of training, pure lack of supervision, pure lack of accountability, and definitely lack of transparency, and we don’t have that in our community or in this area. We have great community relations, and this is an example of it. We want to support everybody and let them have their freedom and right to protest,” Stevens said.