Durham mayor: Attitude the key to peaceful protests
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel praised the attitude of both protesters and police over the past few days and give them credit for remaining peaceful.
Well, I'm really proud of our during police department and the protesters in Durham for the way everything has been handled so far. No, I totally get why people are protesting. The murder of George Floyd was just horrible, horrible act. And to think that something like that could happen in the year 2020 is just unbelievable. And so, of course I would much rather people not be blocking a freeway. But the fact that they left peacefully and that are they arranged. A meeting with our police chief and our sheriff on Friday is very meaningful to me and very meaningful to our community. And so I'm grateful for the Peacefulness of the protesters, and I'm grateful for the patients and Peacefulness of our of our police force. You know, I don't know that there's a magic formula to that, Um, and I expect some of it is Ah, the fact that are the folks that have been protesting here, I'll tell you what happened today. We give a good example. I was talking to one of the leaders of the group today named Skip Gives and Skip said to me we wouldn't hurt our city. We love our city. And so I think part of it is that attitude part of is the way that our police have dealt with it. They have been very patient. They've been very non confrontational. Ah, and I think that has been key. We have great police leadership, and I think that matters a lot. Gerald. No, we're not having a curfew. We don't feel that. We need a curfew. Um, there's another demonstration tonight and we, of course, totally support the right of people to assemble and to exercise their free speech rights. And the fact that we have people out today protesting this horrible murder, horrible murder and all the racism that it was wrapped up in that act and is still unbelievably still. You know, imbues are our system is just is just terrible. And so the fact that people want to come out and protest that I want to go out and protest that that's a terrible as long as people are peaceful, we want to encourage that and to support it