No arrests in local protest

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COLUMBUS, Ga.- Dozens of people crowded Uptown Columbus Saturday — some passionate protesters, and others, strong supporters of law enforcement. But many still want to see drastic change from police officers across the nation.

Members from the Facebook group Chattahoochee Valley Backing the Blue supported Columbus officers before the protest with gifts, snacks and prayers before a “Black Lives Matter” protest.

Major J.D. Hawk with the Columbus Police Department says the officers are grateful for any donations.

“When you have the community coming out like this it’s not so much the product they bring, but it’s the meaning behind it,” said Hawk.

Hawk says CPD was prepared to serve and protect the protestors in the community.

“We’re here to protect everybody,” Hawk explained. “People have a right to freedom of speech to protest peacefully and we still have to do our job it doesn’t matter who their protesting.”

Protester Evie Gonzales says she supports the “All Lives Matter” movement.

“I’m Hispanic and German and I work at a restaurant,” Gonzales told News 3. “We hear this every day… people get denied service because of their skin color. It’s got to stop.”

Protestors from all different races came together to better the Fountain City and to better the world.

This was the second protest in as many weeks in Uptown Columbus. Two people were arrested last week. Saturday, no arrests were made because organizers had a permit. Organizers are working to plan another protest in the next couple of weeks.

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