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Peaceful protest against racial injustice planned for Saturday in Avon

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 12:47:10-04

AVON, Ohio — Members of The Change We Seek, a local organization in Avon comprised of current students and recent graduates from Avon High School, will rally this weekend to protest racism and the inequalities of the justice system.

“A cornerstone of our democracy is the right to free speech. As uncomfortable as it may be, our country believes this is a sacred right of our citizens and it must be protected,” said Mayor Bryan Jensen, Public Safety Director Duane Streator and Police Chief Richard Bosley in a prepared statement Thursday.

The event is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of State Route 83 and Detroit Road.

Event organizers and city officials are calling for the protest to be a peaceful demonstration. City officials released the following statement:

"The mayor’s office along with the Avon Police Department stand with individuals who wish to peacefully protest against those who use unnecessary force against any citizen. We support the right of free speech. We also support our community and businesses and do not condone violence or destruction of property. The Change We Seek and the Avon Police Department share the same goal for Saturday and want it to serve as a catalyst for our community to promote diversity and equality of all of our citizens."