Allentown “March For Justice” participants say they want to protest peacefully

Written by on June 1, 2020

Allentown “March For Justice” participants say they want to protest peacefully

By Tyler Pratt

June 1, 2020

Protesters gathered in the City Center of Allentown Saturday evening, outside of the PPL Center. Photo | Tyler Pratt

Close to a thousand people marched in Allentown Saturday evening to protest police injustice – but without the violence seen in other cities. As WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, while participants said they are angry with how people of color are treated, they wanted to protest peacefully. 

Levante Douse came from Easton. She and many others in attendance say they are often mistreated for the color of their skin. 

“A couple years back my dad misidentified and he was put in the floor and he had guns in his back by officers and then they brought him to jail and they realized he wasn’t the right person,” said Douse.

Signs held up during the Black Lives Matter March in Allentown. Photo | Tyler Pratt

She says she supports all the protests across the country. They make her feel united. 

“But I don’t agree with… the looting ‘cause that takes away from the good that’s actually happening from the peaceful protesting part.”

Signs held up during the Black Lives Matter March in Allentown. Photo | Tyler Pratt
Pizza and cold drinks for anyone who wants them. Photo |Tyler Pratt

Loren Naylor is with Black Lives Matter, who helped organize the protest. He’s walking through the crowd giving out hundreds of pizza slices, water and snacks to protesters. 

“This is a unified thing you know, we want the community to come together. Enjoy free food and drinks. ‘Cause at the end of the day if there is no unity how do we make a change?”

Police made themselves scarce and showed up only to block traffic. Many protesters yelled at them as they passed by. But much of the crowd slowly dissipated over the evening. 

Another protest broke away from the main rally and a smaller group started a standoff with police at the downtown station later that night, yelling at them about racial inequality. But the officers let them speak and most everyone cleared out by midnight. 


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