Naples residents join nation’s protests against police brutality

Author: Jennifer Jones

NAPLES, Fla. – A group in Naples is joining the demonstrations against police brutality and racism. They gathered at Cambier Park Thursday afternoon to make signs for a planned protest this weekend.

“We are suppose to be citizens of this country with full rights and we’re suppose to be treated like citizens and if you don’t stand up for everyone eventually it will be your turn,” said Charles Willard with the NAACP Naples Chapter.

They wrote sayings like “I don’t have a gun stop shooting,” “hands up for Mike Brown'” and “black lives matter.”

Naples high school student Tamica Jean-Charles felt it was important for her to come out to show her support because she won’t be able to attend on Sunday. “I just want everyone to really see how important this is, especially to young back teens like me, who are affected by this.”

Willard tells WINK News the protest will be peaceful. “It’s important that we come out and let the world know, especially the government, how we feel about and perhaps we can stop this ball from getting started again.”

The protest will take place this Sunday at Centennial Park in Fort Myers at 4 p.m.

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