Black Lives Matter protest in LaBelle Saturday morning honors fallen FWC officer

Reporter: Sydney Persing
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Black Lives Matter protest in LaBelle, June 20, 2020. (WINK News)

Nearly a month after George Floyd’s death, the uproar over police brutality continues across the country.

On Saturday, Southwest Florida will join in for another day.

This is set to be one of the many marches or peaceful protests we’ve seen locally but also one of the very few early protests in the area.

Demonstrators met at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Highway 80 in LaBelle around 8 a.m. and will march down to the courthouse. The protest began around 8:45 p.m.

The Black Lives Matter march will echo the sentiments of the dozens we’ve seen across our area. You’ll hear demands for justice and an end to police brutality.

This will also be a way to honor victims of hate crimes.

Organizers do have a clear message: Bring signs, water, clean up after yourself and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Above all, remain peaceful.

While it’s safe to expect a lot of signs, the chants will at least look similar to what we’ve seen recently across our area.

In addition to demanding justice and change, this march is in many ways about healing too.

Saturday’s march includes a very unique and very special moment to honor FWC Officer Julian Keen, also known as “LaBelle’s son,” who was killed one week ago.

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