Hundreds of Parsons residents, police officers protest together against police brutality and racial injustice

Protesters then took a knee in front of the police department for a vigil in honor of the lives lost, peacefully calling for change.

PARSONS, Ks. – Hundreds of Parsons residents packed the street in front of the City Municipal building to protest for justice and equality for those in the black community.

“It needs to be heard worldwide, not just in one state or one small town. It doesn’t matter if you have ten people in your town or if you have 3 people in your town, any voice is heard and any voice can make a difference” said protester, Vernon Emanuel.

Protestors of all races stood and listened as organizers, and officers came together to stand up against police brutality and support the black lives matter movement.

“Were just very thankful that they came out and wanted to be a part of something that was so special to this community” said organizer, Shay Kelly.

“It was important for us to show our support to them, to show the fact that the police support what they’re saying” added Parsons Police Deputy Chief, Dennis Dodd.

“In KC we were protesting to the police and here we were protesting with the police and any chant we said they were right there with us and they were with since in the beginning” said organizer, Sydney Lancaster.

After laying roses down and saying the names of a few of the black men and women whose lives were lost to police brutality…the protestors then marched.

“Hopefully this reaches some people and changes some believes and makes the world a little bit kinder” said organizer, Taylor Moreland.

They marched with signs in hand that matched chants of black lives matter…I can’t breathe…and no justice no peace.

Protesters then took a knee in front of the police department for a vigil in honor of the lives lost, peacefully calling for change.

“This is when a community can come together and this is Parsons for what we truly are” added Emanuel.

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