GREAT FALLS — There will be a "Black Lives Matter March" in Great Falls on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Event organizer Cedrianna Brownell says that the event will begin at Whittier Park (adjoining the Civic Center), and participants will march across the Central Avenue (1st Avenue North) bridge to the federal courthouse. Brownell says there will be water available for participants. Click here to visit the Facebook event page.
The participants are protesting what they believe to be systemic racism in law enforcement agencies across the country.
This will be the third such event in Great Falls since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th.
Since then, demonstrations have been held across the country, often echoing the themes of “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” following Floyd's death. Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin held a knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with homicide, and three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting a homicide.
The previous two events in Great Falls were peaceful and attracted scores of people; contrary to several rumors, however, there were no out-of-state activists.