Hoke County Sheriff joins protesters in march
Watch as Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin marches alongside those remembering George Floyd. He has been helping Floyd's family plan the memorial service on Saturday in Raeford.
and we're gathering together that we remember that if it wasn't for God, we all wouldn't be here. So we want to make sure that we start off in prayer followed by my prayer. Be jazz mere. She's gonna seeing the black national anthem and then mature Take back over. So can you please by your head? God, I just want to thank you on today. God! God! I thank you for gathering says one got on today. God God! We come together God, God realizing God that you see the heart God God not the skin color Got in the mighty name of Jesus God we worship and we praise you are today God God, we know If it was not for you God, God, we wouldn't be here today God got standing in units He got in the mighty name of Jesus Gone But we asked even right now gone God that you begin to heal the land Got in the mighty name of Jesus God got here Hearts and minds God In the name of Jesus gone God let him know God got a local they follow You got your word and you're willing your way gone God that you will make a way. God, in the name of Jesus God! God, that you will make changes. Got even right now. God, in the name of Jesus God! God! You said in your warrant card that you have gave us a 1,000,000 guns. Over there are God. You said you were a guy that if we speak, got it should be given. God is the name of Jesus. God, God! If we not cut it, the door should be open. God in the name of Jesus God, that will we stop Got on your work on How did we come here? Knocking God in the name of Jesus? A green flag with every step that we take God, that the world will begin to change God Never! Only and Hoke County got in the name of Jesus Cabinet nation where I got in the name of Jesus God, they will seek God in the name of Jesus that you can come together. Peaceful God! In the name of Jesus, it's your water got in the name of Jesus got in as we want God In the name of God, I ask that you send your angels Got even right now. God, I've already got in the name of Jesus guys to protect us. God, in the name of Jesus that we bind up into any trick of the enemy. Even right now, God, in the name of God, did not give you all the glory. God, God and I give you all the under God, God did not give you all the praise God and your mighty name. Amen. Well, last before you started, let me remind everybody, feel any type of way sleep, retired, drowned or whatever. These guys here for too hot anything? No, no, no, just no, just, you know, just No, just No, just No, no, no way. No, just say no justice, no justice, No, just no way. Way? No way. No way. Okay. No. Now you no matter. Okay. You know water. Any water. Face it now. This. Okay? Okay. Way. No. 17. Right? Sandra, You say play. When I stayed flavor you, I might go you way. No, no, future man. We gotta be here. We've got to come together right now. Young Children, Who this world has to make space for them and I'm out here in l. A m c N e I l way. No, no, no. No way. You know, just what do you want? It? What way? No, just lt's no, just us be. No, just This is beautiful. I'm not here about the job here anymore. Committee. Uh, city officials included local law enforcement. Shut department. See, I knew I could lose my boys about time I got you. Where's Bishop? Busybody? Out. Officials. I need a law enforcement out here on the stage before you get started working. No, just just just schoolhouse open If anybody needs about operation. Got you. We did. Is everybody on the corner yet? Great. We get Are you as you all know, me as the tour? Or is Mori's a little racy? Uh, appreciates our I love is How do you want you to know is only started with the beginning? Oh, I want everybody to know some nasty comments. People, actually. What? Why do we need peacekeepers? Why do we need We got local law enforcement. We see a lot of people not comfortable, but talking to these guys said the bad people just don't feel comfortable because it was going on. So we don't try to do with the hope of three scoopers bringing closer to these pictures in these law enforcement. I know we're here today because Mr Ploy, it tried to think I hate it happen? No, just you know, uh, this is a four day no one of me doing is created to stay four days ago, and I did not know how to stop it. Support. Really appreciate. You gotta get you some a round of applause. I want everybody know the whole county peacekeepers. You're gonna be the thing. Order the house that people could come to. We're not going door. We open it every time I want to because I wanted to be community support. So anybody? Anybody out here or in a community that, like I said, you guys not comfortable talking to these law enforcement official about Charney's er concerns. We're gonna be the people you come to. There's strength in numbers. You can't tell me we can't get not Don't is right here, star. No. Oh, I could talk you out of debt. Some are gonna let my voice right. I want you to look at each other. It's a neighbor. I love you passed this over to Mr Bishop. Mr. Business Park. He gonna gonna let you know. Seven. He's got yourself a prayer. Are you? God bless you. On behalf of the citizens of Hope County Ray, from North Carolina, I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Before I pray I want to offer sincere condolences to Floyd family. On behalf of the citizens of this county and this world my brothers and my sisters, I want to say to you that looting violence and fires is not the way. It's not the way toward peace. It's not the way toward unity. And I want to speak to you today. And I want to let you know that I feel your heart. I feel your pain. But looting is not the way. Violence is not the way we're going to stand united. And we're not going to burn down our city. We're gonna stand united. Would you all stand with me? We thank God that our chief of police in our sheriff they're standing with us today in unity. Come on, This it's all right. They're standing with us today in unity in a peaceful protest. But I want to say to you that they also stand with us in unity against oppressive policing. They stand with us in unity against systematic racism that together will stand and fight before I pray. I want to say, Mr President, this is not a prop. This'll is not a problem. But this is life in the way the unity and Mr President, if you'll just not take a picture with it. But if you'll open it, you'll find a song. 1 33 says Behold how good and how pleasant is for brother in to dwell together in unity cannot go a step further. Second chronicles, Mr President 7 14 cents. If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves on prey on seek my face turn from their wicked waves then will I hear from heaven Then will I heal this land? People of God I want to ask you stand united. We're going to stand united and we're gonna pray for this country. John Mann Prayer Eternal God, Our father We love you and we praise you. We thank you, O God, for your divine grace, your divine mercy and your power. God become pleading and crying on behalf of this country In the name of Jesus God, we pray that you would heal the wounds that have lasted throughout this country. We pray Oh God, that you would bring healing to this land. We pray in the name of Jesus that your spirit would go to the White House and God, we pray that you would even save the president. Changes mind changes heart in the name of Jesus. Oh, God! God! We come before you. We lift up the Floyd family God, we pray that your spirit would comfort them in this time of bereavement. In the name of Jesus bless this community. Oh God! Bliss is that will be able to stand united that no weapon that is formed against us shall be able to prosper. Bless these citizens that are out here in peaceful protest. Oh, God! In the name of Jesus now God! As we move forward throughout this day we pray for your hand of protection, your hand of grace, your hand of peace to be upon us. Keep us, lead us and guide us God, it will for ever be so careful. Toe bless your name to give you the glory, honor and praise. And it's in Jesus name. We pray and the people of God shot a man. God bless you, everybody. Everybody get some water. Just in case you didn't hear, It's the first time in school is open for restrooms. Well, we ask that you just take a minute. I would like to introduce my best friend of over 20 years Jazz near Maynor. She's going to sing our national black anthem if you know this thing alone. If you don't, that's OK because we're gonna teach you, Dio Yeah, I'll bear with because I was screaming out here Lift every voice stand singing tiller in heaven Rings ring with the money of a Burti Little rejoicing lease means guys let us re sound loud as the rolling sea Seeing the song full of the faith That our dark past seeing song Full of the hope that the present facing the rising sun on our new day Be gun Let us march on till be toe me his no justice No Just anybody want to take a break for like two seconds to get water Nobody needs water. If not, we will move on All right, everybody ready? See what's going on. I love that. Are, uh Hold on. First appeared again. Everybody. This is a good man right here. You might hear some bad things, make good things, but have you heard it from the man? Several Stephen did itself. Don't judge that. You get to know this man got my back, man. He was surprising idealist. I did a horse ride for all test in 2017. He like, man, you amaze. I would have never thought about it like that. It was a beautiful name. I appreciate you support with that. He support me with his two also only passenger Mr Pity. Come on, That's here for the Come on. Yeah. Come on. No justice. Be no races. Wait a minute. You got to say it like you mean it. No justice, no races. Do you know what? That being guys, ladies days are never gonna get peaceful until justice is certain. No longer can we allow law enforcement that took to portray racism. I don't like it. It's hard, It's hard. But is there? I have a son and I was telling the tour about this till today. Every time he get in the car. I tell him to make sure he don't get stopped. And I'm one of the cops because I worry about that one. No justice, no racist way. Can't have it this generation. And I like what I'm saying. They're going to say, Ah, whole new trend for us. People like me a quick and someone one. Mr. Murray's over here. We're 11. Were were, well, living the dream for what kingdom did. But there's no proof. Is taking it to a whole another level. And what I told him he talked to the chief and told us they were going to be peaceful. Look at how beautiful this is unbelievable. And it's scary. I mean, I was telling the chief coming out of road, right? Cross the line. They burn and turn down their businesses and turn up things that they took him years to build. But look, a whole county look at rifle. I gotta learn how to do that. I gotta learn how to do that. I've gotta learn how to do that. But listen, I'm gonna say this and give somebody else a chance to talk. Whole County, let me tell you something, young people we hear you were you. Thank you for not, but for taking the measures of doing something totally different. You're gonna get it done. You're gonna get it done. We're with you. Trust me. We are with you. And listen, don't let this be the end of something. Peacekeepers. Listen, I'm gonna I'm a piece. Keep if you're a peacekeeper, Raise your hand. Put it up. There's a few more we need to recruit. This is about peace. No justice, no racist. Thank you. What's that? A couple days. Stephen Police. I wanted to thank everyone for being here. Really? Do guys, You can't say what we see up here. I wish you could turn around and look. You can. But this is amazing. We see no particular one race, no particular one. Gender, everything. Everybody is here and from all walks of life. And it is a blessing to sit here and look, I wish you could see it from where we see it. I really do. Guys, I want you to know that we do not condone what happened. We understand it is wrong and it tears us apart. We spend years of our lives. I spent 25 trying to fill those gaps. Build those bridges and it takes seconds. I said this the other day at the march we had it takes seconds Or in this case, eight minutes and 46 2nd to tear all that apart. Tear it apart. We haven't start over All right, where Our whole lives. It feels like everything we've worked for is invited. But you were showing that it's not. And we appreciate you being here the police way do because show is support way. Don't condone it and you help us. When we had a march the other day, this kind of thing is up lifting for us too. We don't condone it. And we're here to help. We want you to be a voice that a voice that we won't listen to. Um, just years ago, when I come here you may or may not know this, but a lot of police chiefs and sheriffs they don't seek out our a lot of things as well have a lot of separatist. When the undersheriff sit down together, Way decided that that wouldn't happen here in HOA County. I don't know of a relationship anywhere in this state with a police Department Sheriff Department as good as we have it. Because if we don't get along, it don't affect me. And the chief of the chair. We sleep good at night regardless, but it effects the officers and the deputies, which affects you. You suffer the support that we don't have for each other of fake shoes. So that's why we make sure our relationship together is of the highest importance. And we want to know it's not for our sake. It's for yours. We're here for you. We hear we hear the issues and we want toe. Listen, it's not falling on deaf ears. And I hope you understand. It believes mean the share for the exact same one all that. We only have one difference between this looking at it and you all know that he's ugly and I'm pretty. I only do You look at way. Want to let you know that we're here for you? We support you. That's why we're here. Like anybody want to buy a good friend of mine. Really using love one. Hello, everyone. How you doing? So the tour introduced me. I'm Terrell Steve. Someone let you know that I'm a son of a river. This is my home. I grew up here and that I want to share with you all. Like some very painful truths. See, I know what police brutality looks like. I've been a part of every major of arising for the last 10 years, most in Ferguson. When Michael Brown was killed, I was tear gas shot a rubber bullet. I'm watching. Derm Watson, Baltimore Freddie Gray, New York with Eric Garner, Baton Rouge or Alter Starling. I know what the ugly side of police brutality looks like. Earlier this week, I was in Minnesota organizing the white supremacist, surrounded us and shot at us all because we were trying to protect the north side of Minneapolis in that community. I know what the ugly side of police brutality loves like, because I've lived about 57 years ago that the king stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and he told them that America is bankrupt because they've written a check. That's comeback insufficient. This was a check from Wells Fargo, P and CR or Bank of America. There's a check from the Bank of Freedom written in the blood of our ancestors and signed by the promise of America that this country would treat black people the way we deserve to be treated. We built this country for free for from a said it again we built this country for free way. Expect the human decency and to be treated like humans When we interact with the police Now I want to share with you that many of us are. I've spent our entire lives fighting to make the police Individuals in this country see our humanity treat us with respect and we're tired. We're tired of marching. We're trying to put names on T shirts were part Titus a r p We're tired of hashtag were saying today, tomorrow and every day thereafter No more hashtag, no more nasal T shirts. This is our moment. We didn't choose this moment. It shows us what we decide to do with it will reverberate and said the histories of America We have the opportunity to change the way police works in this country. We can re imagine what it means to be black. We can say to individuals there every time Ah, black woman sees our brother her father, her husband, her son leave the house. They don't have to pray for their safe today we'll come back. Say, every time a black man gets in his corn drives, he doesn't have to look in his review mirror. Afraid because the police behind them. Even if his tags are good, his insurance is good. I still I'm afraid. Oh, I want you want to know something. We've been fighting for a long time. We're just getting started. So I want you all to know this. There's nothing that we can't do. If we stand together. People may be asking Why are you protesting like this? Why are buildings being burned? I'm gonna tell you. In the words of Dr Martin Luther King, I cannot condemn a riot without condemning first The situations that created a right been brutalized and killed by police for as long as we've been a lot. And I want you all to know this we're going to fight because that the king also said that freedom it's never voluntarily given by the oppressive. It must be demanded by the oppressed. So we are demanding freedom Way are demanding to not be killed by police will charter. One thing I'm about ties you because I've been protesting all over this country. And that's something that we say when we protest, I want you to say it with me. It's in the words of a sadistic or who is a phenomenal revolutionary in a strong black one. Masada says this It is our duty to fight for our freedom is a duty to win way. Must love and support each other way have nothing to lose. But I change. Said what time It is our duty to fight for freedom. Duty to win way Must love a supportive way Have nothing to lose but I change Appears to lose It changed everybody Your stay in the fight Stay strong, right? Anyone commissions? No, just No, just No, you know. All right, guys. Uh oh. Coverted mocha. Harry County Commissioner. I want you to get my nephew and the whole county peacekeepers a big around of applause because the reason we're here because the dam you know, I was back there talking to the chairman, and he said something very profound. He said that these young people today I'm not gonna take what we took yesterday and They don't have to remember that they don't have to. Omega 20 Fear When George Florey life was taken away, people from all over the world began to make speeches and commentaries. I heard President Barack Obama gives him kind and thoughtful words, but I don't really remember what he said. I heard LeBron James do likewise, but I don't remember what LeBron James said. And then I heard Jay Z make a few comments. I don't remember what jz c but there was a six year old girl, all the shoulder former NBA star Steven Jackson. And when asked the question, What did your daddy do? She said, My daddy changed the world, Whole county Today we can change the world. The bishop just told you one thing. He said, We don't have the loot and riot. We can do it peacefully. We can change the world where we're doing it right here. Whole county peacekeepers, Let's keep the move going. Don't stop today. This is all the beginning, not ending way. Need you. We need you in leadership on the school board, on the kind of commissioners in the White House. Come on, we need you d A judge's way. Need you? I'm telling you right now, we need to if you again today. I want you to know we need you. Okay? We only can make this work. We work together and I want to say one thing. I want to just point him out. The police chief is here with us today. Come in, Police. And this is important. When this young man came up to do this idea, they met with two people. They met with the sheriff and the police chief and our chief. He's my chief too. Began to receive slack from the community. They understand the change that's going on that country. The change that's going on, it's not a bad change. It's a good change. The first day we gotta do people and listen to one another. I'm so glad that this police chief Listen, 20 young people had to say, You got to get another round of Paul on the background. He's working in the background because he understands unity means all of us together. Thank you from whole kind of We love y'all. You'll keep doing what you're doing. Uh, who's next? Mr Lee's look? Going to get permission looking anxious. Hello, County. This is good. Let's they save. Be careful. You know that we back each of you all the way. We with you. We know that And just in a word, is a threat to justice everywhere. So let us stay strong, pray hard, work good and left. Everyone. If we do that, we'll be OK. This is a great group. Glad she all of us come out and stand for what you believe in. Let's fight the fight of faith. And when you do that, you win every time again. Hope can give yourself a hand. Home County. Mr. Allen! Thomas, Come up here. Brother. I know you. I know you know who this is. Good afternoon. No, I am whole. County Commissioner Alan Thomas and I came just to share a few words. I have an issue with the fact that when that man put his need on George Floyd's Nick and held it there for nine minutes, never in his mind did he think he would get in trouble for what he was doing. I say that because we're making a mistake by the world pointing the finger at him as an officer. We need to point a finger at the system that has allowed people to think that they can do whatever they want to do to us and get away with. Because if you only point a finger at him and he goes to prison and you allowed a system to continue, that won't protect, you are it won't protect my 10 year old son, who asked me yesterday, Dad, are police good or bad? I didn't want to have the discussion with him that early. I want it maybe 12 13. But I had to teach him. I had to teach him about our history. I had to teach him to do things that many of my white brothers and sisters never have to teach their Children. I teach from my personal experiences. I have privilege in this county. But as soon as our cross the county line, my privilege ends. I know that because in 2014 I should have filed a complaint on Deputy Clark when he threatened to beat my when I was simply trying to go to my seat if ever State University, when he put his finger so deep in my chest, I was afraid for my life. I should have found the complaint. But the reason I didn't the same way a lot of women who can understand women who were victims of sexual assault. If you think filing the complaint is a waste of time, sometimes it's better to just shut up. But I'm telling you now what we just saw. It's time for us to speak up like never before, and I'm going to company account in this week, and I'm gonna found that complaint on Deputy because folks let me tell you something the same way. When we do something, they go back and check all of our tickets and whenever we've been arrested the same way, When a dog forcing officer does something wrong, they also check their records. If someone is treated your own and they do something wrong to someone else and they decide to fight, make sure that personnel record has your complaint in it. We're going to stand up and fight together, and tomorrow we are going to be on the world stage, all of us, as we stand with this family when we say no justice, no peace, our last generations said. That is a motto. This generation isn't playing when they say no justice, no peace, they mean it. And I'm telling you, I'm afraid for what will happen if we don't change. It is a is a comfort upon all of us. We will worry. We let our whole county government early just to make sure because we don't know what outsiders might come. You all showed the world what we can do. And when we change when we change, this system is gonna be because you all and we're gonna be to tell our grandchildren what we did to change his world, that they can live in a safer place. God bless you. No justice. No Justin, Let's go. Ho count. I said B j guessing, everybody. Hello? Hello. Hello. Listen, I promise that I'll be brief, but I want to tell you that I am a fighting Scott for right across the county line. But I have book quiet on. I came from Scotland County because nothing had been planned in our community like this to say thank you the whole county for standing up, sticking together and knowing that the right fight is the right thing. And no matter what color you are no matter what side of town you come from. It is so important for you to stand and let your voice be heard. I want you to know that not across the nation but right next door. You have brothers and sisters who had mild what you're doing. We thank you for standing up for fighting for justice. And we're going to stand with you, not just today, but we're going to continue to stand with you, even in the days that will come. We can't get tired now because nobody said the role was going to be easy. But we've got to know that he hadn't brought us this far to leave us. Now God bless your whole county and we love everyone of you. No justice? No, just, uh no, no. How's everybody feeling? Good. So yesterday we put in our group is the whole county peacekeepers bear with this because we've got so many friends Question. But we put yesterday in our group that we wanted to hear stories from the community. Maybe about some things that you've been through. We did only receive one hand written submission and I would like to read that now. My best friend was killed in his own home on February 26 2000 and 17. I've been devastated ever since he lost his life and his murder is still free. It was said that perhaps his killer had connections, and that may have been why all charges were dropped. My best friend and I were both terrified of goods. It has been three years and steal. His murder is free to live his best life. This has greatly impacted his family myself and almost anyone. He came in contact with my Children were toddlers then and steal it six and seven years old, they mourn just as I do the stand, your ground law should not I repeat the stand, your ground laws should not. I mean that you can come into a person's home and murder the confess and and get off scot free. He didn't deserve that. And Bud, a k a. David McNair needs justice. That's low from Carmilla. More. Hey, black chow. Do you know who you are? Who you really are? Do you know you can be what you want to be? If you try to be what you can be Hey, blood chow Be what you can be, What you must learn Do what you can do And tomorrow your nation will be what you want it to be No, no, no You say that could have applied to me seven years old, sleeping in my home Maybe dreaming of butterflies and Barbies But the SWAT team came in. What shot to my head and I'm go no future for me, you see But I'm glad to see that You almost standing here and unity. Who am I? A Yana Jones. My name is Tamim. Our eyes. I was playing in the park. What? My joy and the police sought me. Right. You got it? Okay. You done all right? Yeah, they're witnesses. We get through this and me. Everything happened so fast. Take a moment to get you some more water. Make sure you stay hydrated. Ready? I was supposed to save lives than somebody took mine. My dreams of becoming a nurse, owning a house and starting a family one so close but now shattered. Why me? Why now? Why here? I just wanted to be the best version of me. You invaded my space, woke me from my dreams. The only true freedom I had in that moment I could escape from this horde reality where the color of my skin dig Take so many things I could dream of a perfect world where peace, integrity, equality, equity and justice prevail. I'm sorry, but now I cannot look now I can no longer okay. And he even defended me. He knew our space was invaded, but somehow he was seen as a criminal. I am my whole life in front of me. And now it has ended 27 years young and I was just getting started. You can be driving while black walking while blick burning while blank jogging while Blake shopping while Blake listening to music while blank or even like me sleeping while black. We have to come together to make a change. I am Briana Taylor. Happy birthday. Okay. Can we all just take a moment right now? Just to wish Briana, Teyla? Happy birthday. They do. You happy? Happy? Ladies and gentlemen, you're gonna have to bear with because this was a surprise to me. This is my husband. We've been together eight years this year. He's about to tell a story I haven't even heard. Just bear with us. Yeah, you got it. You don't count. My name's Howard and I'm a formula deputy Sheriff, A 0.2 p parish in Louisiana. And I experience police brutality while wearing the badge on multiple occasions. They didn't care. It didn't matter that I went through the same training that they did to protect the same people that they protected. When they put that badge on, it was a sense of false power. When I put my badge own, I was servants of my community. But because I didn't play ball, I was pushed out, blackball everything. I worked for five years. No mon family turned their back on me before the match. But that didn't stop because long before I put that badge on, I was black, long gassed. I took it off from steel black. I have a soon to raise, just like most. I have a wife to protect. Like most, I have parents who in Louisiana we'll sing your citizens. I am scared for every day because I am not there. Take care of them. And I don't trust the people who were the same badges I to do They're not ignorant, okay? They're not ignorant. They know exactly why they do what they do. He's smart. Educate yourselves. Take care of each other. Don't live pitting this. Separate you for what's in front of you. Which is your true freedom. Thank you. I was pulled over for amount of traffic violation. I was already arrested. I was arrested and I was already dead when I took my mother shot. I'm Sandra Bleeding. I was just sitting in my own house when a cup. A cop came in my house and shot me. She thought it was her place. I am bottom gene. I was pulled over X for my I was X for license and registration and I told the officer I had license to carry and I still got shot in front of my daughter Philando Castille, supposedly selling single cigarettes and was harassed and placed in a chokehold at the yelling I can't breathe. I am Eric Garner, I guess before we do our very last testimony, Um, this 0.1 was brought to this and I think it's fitting. It's called. We wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar. We wear the mask that grins and lies. It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes This debt we pay so human go with tourney and bleeding hearts We smile and mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be over wise in counting all our two years in size? No way. Let them see only us While we were the mask we smile Oh, great Christ. Our prize to the From tortured souls arise. We sing But all the clay is vile beneath our feet and long the mile But let the world dream otherwise we were masked. Thank you. I am a father. I am a son. I am a brother. I was just going to the store and I thought my money was fake. It's a three of them to kill me while the other lost. I can't breathe. I'm calling for my mama and he's still a little part of me. I can't breathe. I got a daughter at home and I don't know if you don't see me, I can't breathe. Hey, these Weiss's Paul is I, um George. No, no, no. At this time we like to take eight minutes, 46 seconds. You may lay down. You may sit there on you may kneel down for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Please be silent. What