Another protest against police misconduct and systemic racism following George Floyd’s death is planned for Downtown Tiffin this week.
The protest will take place on the front lawn of the Seneca County Joint Justice Center, 117 E. Market St., on Friday, June 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The effort is being organized by Seneca County Project Peace, Nonviolent Tiffin, and Tiffin Area Pax Christi.
The groups are encouraging participants to bring signs, wear masks, and practice social distancing.
“This week we will continue to address systemic racism which targets our black brothers and sisters and people of other minorities the most. It is they who are profiled and end up in prison without private attorneys. It is they who oftentimes live in areas of large cities which are poorer economically and which are policed more. It is they who most often feel targeted when there is any kind of trouble, etc. Please join us for this peaceful movement to call for justice in our society for ALL,” Sister Paulette Schroeder of the St. Francis Community wrote in a Facebook post.
The first local protest attracted 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.
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