Parsons natives working with police department to hold protest
Demonstration planned for Saturday at Parsons Municipal Building
PARSONS, Kan. – Parsons native Taylor Moreland wants to do more.
“It’s very heart wrenching to know that… to know your people are being murdered. Especially by, you know, people who shouldn’t be doing that to them,” says Moreland.
So she and her friend Sydney Lancaster went to Kansas City to join protesters there.
“The police were harassing us all day long. It wasn’t necessarily violent, but it wasn’t kind either,” says Lancaster.
“We just kind of realized it was like a shock from their police department to ours,” says Moreland.
Now they are planning a demonstration in Parsons for this Saturday to speak out against police brutality and racial inequality — and they’re coordinating it with the Parsons Police Department.
“It is frustrating for any professional law enforcement officer to be stained by the illegal and murderous acts of a very small fraction of our profession. It sickens me, it sickens other professional law enforcement officers,” says Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks.
“If you have a voice, you need to say something. Cause I have an uncle and a cousin who always used to say, a closed mouth don’t get fed. Which means, if you don’t say something, nothing’s gonna happen,” says Parsons Police Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd.
Demonstrations will start at the Municipal Building at 4 p.m., with the mayor, chief of police, deputy chief and organizers speaking. Then, they will march to the police department on a route that’s been blocked off by officers. A prayer vigil will happen there, with a community picnic happening at Glenwood park to wrap up the night.
“I hope that having this protest more people see why this movement is so important and why we need to talk about these issues,” says Lancaster.
“I wanted to bring that sense of unity among the black community here, but I also want to appreciate our police department for making police brutality an issue as far as I’m concerned,” says Moreland.