People across the nation were upset by the death of George Floyd, the man killed while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police last week. Since then, many people have gathered to protest and voice their outrage. Although some protests have resulted in looting, rioting, and destruction, several other protests have been peaceful demonstrations.
Approximately 20 protestors in Big Spring gathered on the corner of MLK and Gregg St. to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and voice their disapproval of the death of Floyd. Several participants then marched north on Gregg St. to the Heart of the City Park located at 3rd and Scurry in downtown Big Spring. The peaceful demonstration was organized by Jo Lavonne Burciaga of Big Spring.
According to Burciaga, the purpose of the protest was to ensure the safety of African American men, women, and children in the future to come. She stated, that a protest today can voice a change for the laws for tomorrow.
"I pray the outcome for the event will catch someone's eye whether it's here in our own hometown, our state, or across the nation! We need better laws to ensure the safety of not only our generation but to the generations to come! [In other] words, stricter guidelines for our law enforcement to ensure that there are no more deaths to follow," said Burciaga.
She also hoped for better training at the academy to train law enforcement officers not to look at race, color, or ethnicity but to help instill that we are all human beings and everyone deserves to be treated equally.
Burciaga told KBest News that she has children of color that range in age from 6 to 14 and she fears for their future.
"I see the fear in my children's eyes when they hear the news! I don't want them growing up in fear of law enforcement! I'm teaching my children to communicate with law enforcement if they ever come across them! I want my children and their children to come to have a future! The way things are going right now across the nation in 10-20 years from now when they are grown adults I want to make sure they are treated equally and with safe measures as they are being taught to respect law enforcement," stated Burciaga.