Black Lives Matter Protest Planned For July 3 At County Courthouse

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Michelle Cotton doesn’t believe her work is done.So Cotton, who was among the organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest in Lebanon on June 4, 2020, that drew more than 400 people, has helped organize a follow-up gathering on July 3 outside Lebanon County courthouse. “We Not Done Yet – Black Lives Still Matter,” promotional materials for the protest proclaim. The motivation for a second protest, they say: “Our police still do not wear body cams! Come voice your concerns.”Cotton, 39, is a Lebanon native who worries about the politics of racism in her hometown. “I feel that Lebanon County, as a whole, has a lot of underlying racism that doesn’t really gePeople in her community have been the victims of racial profiling by the police, she added.“Last year, when the whole George Floyd was going on, and Breonna Taylor — those were, I think, for the country the last straw,” Cotton said. “So why do this in Lebanon? It’s not happening here. Well, I don’t want to wait until it does happen here.”She said a second protest is needed “because the promises that were made after the first protest, by the mayor and the chief of police, haven’t come to fruition.”t talked about,” she said. “There are certain restaurants you can’t eat in, certain areas we stay away from. Something needs to change.”Foremost among Cotton’s concerns is the lack of body cameras for police, which she insists the mayor and police chief – who attended last year’s protest – promised would be provided. Cotton said event organizers met with the mayor recently, and neither she nor the police chief will be attending this year.Cotton said they’re getting excuses to explain why body cameras have not been purchased for the city department.“Everything was kind of blamed on COVID,” she said. “My response to that was, ‘OK, granted.’ Now, will you come to the second protest and say that now’s our chance to do it?“When protesting was the big thing last year, the mayor was right in the forefront. She begged to speak. Now, she’s not showing up.”

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