Peaceful Protest Ends with Powerful Conversation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – More peaceful protests were held in Grand Junction today, tied to the police involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The most recent temporarily blocked traffic along North Avenue and ended with a discussion at the Grand Junction Police Department.

Dozens of protestors began their march on North and 12th street around 4 p.m. before heading to North and 7th.

They were joined by police officers who also marched, and residents who handed out water and snacks to the activists.

Residents ended their walk at the Grand Junction Police Department where they engaged Chief Doug Shoemaker in an open discussion on the protests, where he answered their questions and concerns for about a half an hour.

We spoke with Laurel Carpenter from Grand Junction Mutual Aid about the this peaceful protest.

“Blocking traffic is not a violent experience, it is something that people make an intentional choice to do it is to convey a message and it works it conveys a message to people, it’s inconvenient when you have to hunker horn because somebody’s near your car or you’re delayed a few minutes to your appointment but it’s also very inconvenient to be harassed and had violence perpetrated against you by the police system on a hole for your whole life,” said Carpenter.

Another protest is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the same location.

KREX 5 will continue following these protests and bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

You’ll also hear more from some organizers of these events later this week.

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