By Nathan Wayne, article suggestion by Patricia Gilbert
Violence is never the answer. While we want to express our deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd; a resident who was killed by an officer charged with third degree murder, we know that this is not the memory a deceased person would want to leave behind.
Violent protesters, who are identified to be in association with Antifa, have caused peaceful nationwide protests to turn into riots. While police brutality is something that should not be tolerated; tagging buildings, lighting things on fire, and smashing police cars are possibly the worst ways to call for change. Ongoing changes are being made to each cities’ handle on the riots, but the most current one being enforced are curfews. Recently Los Angeles sent out a wide-scale error message, announcing their curfew to be from 5 P.M. to 6 A.M., when it was really never changed from its original 6-6 curfew.
The death of a person is always a sad time, sometimes even a call for change; but mixing innocent protesters with harmful rioters who do not mean to portray the same message is not acceptable. This is why I urge everyone to stop protesting for the time being, because your message has been heard and now it is being warped by those who wish to do our country harm.