100+ peacefully protest in Ocean City in wake of George Floyd death
OCEAN CITY, Md. – On Saturday, over 100 people came out to Ocean City to peacefully protest police brutality, bringing a national message right here to Worcester County.
“I think because of all the things happening in the world, injustices, you know people just couldn’t take it anymore,” Rosie Bean, the organizer of the protest, said.
The resort town saw a crowded boardwalk, dozens of signs, and a sea of people protesting police brutality and remembering black lives lost.
“I ask you today to just remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, all of them that have gone before us,” one woman said into a megaphone.
Organizers of the peaceful protest say that while the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody, happened over one thousand miles away in Minneapolis, the message of ending police brutality is just as important here on the Eastern Shore.
“Police brutality happens anywhere you go, not a lot of people think about it because they don’t want to think about it, they keep it outside of their mind,” Bean said.
Protesters took turns speaking into the megaphone, telling their personal stories of experiencing racism.
“I’m scared for every other little kid, I am scared for our future,” one protester said. “I want them to be able to have their own homes, without being scared, I want all of us to be outside without being scared.”
With this protest being just one of hundreds across the country, organizers say this is the start of real change in the nation.
“We are going to change the world, slowly, one step at a time, but we are going to reform the injustices of the justice system, and we are going to end police brutality,” Bean said.
Before the protest, Ocean City Police posted on social media that they were aware of the event and wrote that they were “supportive of the many individuals expressing their frustrations and demand for change.”