Brother Washington Muhammad, co-founder of CSRN, says Floyd’s death and police injustice was the turning point that sparked protests.
TOLEDO, Ohio – It has been a year since George Floyd passed away, and Black Lives Matter activists remember this day and what it means to them here at home.
“Today marks the anniversary of that powerful day we first saw these images – those terrifying, disgusting images that we will never forget,” said Julian Mack, spokesman for Toledo’s Community Solidarity Response Network.
On Tuesday, the Community Solidarity Response Network reflected on the past year and the post-Floyd protests here in northwest Ohio.
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“We’ve always had cases of injustice with the police over the years, you know, justice. And May 30th was just a culmination of so many things that happened that they hit your head. At that point, that was the turning point “he said to Brother Washington Muhammad, co-founder of CSRN.
These weekend protests drew hundreds of people to downtown Toledo.
Most were peaceful, but the police said some people in the crowd threw things at officers and the police ended up using gas and rubber or wooden balls.
“It’s changed a lot. Again we’ve been doing this for almost seven years. The world has seen that we weren’t the crazy people on the corner who just happened to say people’s names and were racially crazy when it came to it really was human evolution, “said Jodie Summers, treasurer of CSRN.
Looking back, CSRN says they believe protest was what they had to do to make change happen.
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But it still calls for justice for Floyd.
“Is it that all cities have to break out in order to get justice for one person? If that is what hopefully law enforcement needs, law enforcement will take note so we don’t have to do it again,” said Muhammad.
And that George Floyd’s life and legacy will not be forgotten.
“When I think of George Floyd, I think of a spark that has caught fire all over the world. And I think of a flame that we must not let it burn out. And it is our duty to keep fighting. It is ours Duty and keep winning. And we have nothing to lose but our chains, “said Mack.
CSRN says it is still meeting with the city of Toledo, but it hasn’t seen the change they want. They hope that will change soon, or they plan to set up their own review body for citizens.