ELLSWORTH – The second black lives matter protest in Ellsworth this week took place Friday afternoon and the sentiment remained the same.
Justice for George Floyd, an end to racial inequality, and police brutality.
“My friends and I have always been ones to fight for equality and against racism and stuff so it’s kind of good that we’re starting these protests and stuff,” Ellsworth High School senior and protester, Trinity Montigny, said.
But, Friday’s protest in Ellsworth had everyone on alert after the Ellsworth Police Department released a memo saying it was preparing for the possibility of armed citizens “coming to Ellsworth to protect our downtown.”
“It scared us, but I thought it was still more important for us to still come,” protester Elizabeth Cata-Holmes said.
Cata-Holmes and her 13-year-old son, Jaylin, were two of a few hundred people who demonstrated Friday.
Despite a sense of uneasiness protests and counter protests went on smoothly with both sides preaching peace.
“What good does it do to burn and loiter and steal and all that I mean it serves no purpose whatsoever I mean it’s got to be brought to a halt,” retired Ellsworth police officer, Tommy Jordan, who said he was there to supports the police, said.
“I think everybody in the community right now is going to work really hard to make this a peaceful protest,” Montigny said.
The protest, led by Ellsworth High School junior, Colby Lacasse, marched through downtown and culminated with a silent eight to nine minute tribute for George Floyd.
“Just because we’re a small town does not mean people in our town don’t experience racial oppression or police brutality we need to stand up against all the injustice happening in our country currently,” Lacasse said.
While ABC 7/FOX 22 did not see any armed citizens at Friday’s protest, the Ellsworth Police Department has not returned our request for comment to confirm.
In a statement the department did say the protests were peaceful and thanked all those who participated for keeping it peaceful.