ELLSWORTH – Protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued across the country and across the state Tuesday, including people who gathered in Ellsworth.
An estimated 350 people from many different backgrounds gathered in Ellsworth and their message was clear: “Black lives matter.”
Tuesday’s protest continues a trend of frustration with police brutality and most recently the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department seen around Maine and throughout the country. In Ellsworth, protesters marched up Main Street before convening in front of City Hall, where speakers expressed their frustrations with police and community relations while members of the town’s police department looked on.
While much of the frustration was focused toward systemic racism and the negative experiences of minorities in general, one individual, who moved to Ellsworth from Los Angeles spoke at length about his specific negative experiences with Ellsworth police officers.
The protest as a whole was civil and the Ellsworth Police Department called the event “peaceful.”
One of the few points of contention revolved around the protesters asking the officers overlooking the protest to take a knee in solidarity with them, as was asked of officers in Bangor and Portland this week. Ellsworth officers chose not to kneel. Chief Glenn Moshier told the crowd they were going to remain independent from the protest while protecting the event.
Another protest in the town is expected later in the week.