A demonstrator carries a sign along Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in new Bern on Saturday afternoon. The image on his sweatshirt depicts a lynching. Photo by Mark Foster

Protesters took positions along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in New Bern on Saturday afternoon, taking a stand against police brutality, oppression, and deadly force against African Americans that reached a fever pitch with the suffocation slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week.

The protest was peaceful, with participants with signs standing beside the street.

Protests elsewhere, particularly larger cities including Minneapolis, New York, and Washington D.C., have turned violent and deadly. Demonstrators overtook police precinct stations in Minneapolis and New York, and tussled with Washington police and Secret Service at barricades outside the White House.

In Minnesota, the governor there mobilized the National Guard today to keep the peace.

Craven County law enforcement leaders issued statements on Friday condemning the slaying of Floyd in unusually strong terms. You can see them here, here, and here.

A protest march is happening, meeting at the old Days Hotel at 7 p.m., and leaving at 7:30 with a march to City Hall.

This is a developing story.

1 Comment

  1. New Bern was one of the first cities liberated by the Union after the start of the Civil War. People were dancing in the streets. It has been part of the Union ever since. I love the multi-cultural society here. It is no podunk southern town.

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