Fort Myers holds march for justice

Reporter: Gail Levy Writer: Drew Hill
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Protests have broken out across the country after the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of a police officer. Some even got together to march for Wright in downtown Fort Myers.

The message protestors were trying to send is for change in our law enforcement and all across the country.

Javier Teuntor marched on Saturday. “Police needs a little bit of reform. Clearly, because people still die with the hands of the police.”

The hope is that people of color no longer have to fear for their life, from the people that are supposed to protect them.

Saturday’s march began in downtown Fort Myers by the library. As they marched, they chanted the names of Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others who were killed by police.

Amy and Kingston Vido both came out and participated. “I worry about him and, you know, just the talk that I have to have with him is just crazy to me,” Amy Vido said.

Nearly a year after George Floyd’s death, many people at the march still feel like their voices were not heard.

“It makes me feel that we’re not heard, and it doesn’t matter what we say, it’s always going to be oh, I’m scared of this, or I’m afraid that he’s going to come up with a gun. We shouldn’t have to be afraid of the police when they’re supposed to be making us feel safe,” Teuntor said.

Participants want police to go beyond protecting and serving and connect with their communities.

Michelle Gemma, another protestor, said they want unity, not division. “I really just want us to get along and have color not be really an issue.”

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