Protest promotes peace and unity

Protest promotes peace and unity

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Dozens gathered in Plyler Park Saturday at a Black Lives Matter protest following last week's shootings involving two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Chris Robinson organized Saturday's protest against police brutality on Facebook after national news broke of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille being killed by police. However, after five officers were killed during a protest in Dallas, Robinson said he doesn't want the actions of one man to reflect the real message.

"I do feel disgusted that that was a representation of my race. For that to happen, when one person does one thing, it affects all of us. It puts a picture, it puts a stereotype on all of us and I wish it would not have happened," said Chris Robinson.

While some in attendance did express different views, the overall message was to promote unity and peace.

"When I saw the Black Lives Matter protest, vigil, whatever tonight is, was going to be local, I wanted to come out and offer a counterpoint. We're all in this together. It's not a black, white thing," said Scott Cramer, attendee.

Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police said some threats were made on social media in regard to the protest, and that officers were actively investigating to make sure that protesters were kept safe.

"They're doing the best they can. I see them on the rooftops, they're out here patrolling, and I hope they continue to do that to make this rally all about peace and make it as safe as possible," Robinson said.

"You know they get up just like everybody, whether you're a doctor or lawyer or police officer or a teacher. They get up, they do their job and they want to go home to their families, just like everyone else," said Janet Gause, peaceful protester.

As people in the crowd spoke and sang songs promoting peace, many of them said they were thankful for the police presence keeping them safe.

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