Killeen: Hundreds gather for peaceful protest

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Published: May. 31, 2020 at 11:41 PM CDT
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Hundreds of people gathered in an empty parking lot on South Fort Hood Street in Killeen to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd on Sunday evening.

The protest lasted more than four hours.

The protest was complete with guest speakers including Representative Brad Buckley, Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra, City Council Member Debbie Nash King, and Police Chief Charles Kimble.

Organizer Jonathan Hildner said the peaceful protest could not have been done without local law enforcement.

"They've been extremely supportive of us," he said.

"It's nice to see our local law enforcement setting an example and helping us protest peacefully and safely."

Kimble shared some words about how the community and law enforcement should stand together in the wake of police brutality and racial injustice.

"As a human, a policeman and a black man, I'm disgusted," he said.

"We want you to know that we stand with you. We want to make sure you have the right to say what you want to say."

Afterwards, the protesters marched the streets holding their signs and eventually returned to the parking lot before dispersing.

Kimble and others said that if the nation is to turn itself around, they hope that change starts with their lead example.