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NAACP-sponsored peaceful protest takes place outside courthouse in downtown Fort Myers

A peaceful protest sponsored by the NAACP took place Monday outside the courthouse in downtown Fort Myers, calling for justice for George Floyd and what they say are other racial injustices.

The protest with dozens of participants began around noon and a number of people arrived early to get ready.

The NAACP provided 12 points they wanted to address, which is why they’re having the protest.

They’re asking police departments for policy reform, which includes the elimination of the ban of knee hold and chokehold and a re-examination of the police departments’ use of force policies.

WINK News spoke with the president and vice president of the Lee County NAACP who are reiterating that this is a peaceful protest and they are not tolerating any kind of violence.

They’ve even asked the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. The NAACP wants to make their message clear: they are fighting for future generations.

“This is about those that are coming behind us that deserve better. There have been too many killings and shootings and just too many things going on where there was no consequence,” said Lee County NAACP Vice President Shirley Chapman.

The NAACP president and vice president said they’re even risking being put out of office because they would’ve had to get approval from the national chapter, which is still pending, but they said it’s worth it if they can get their message across.

James Muwakkil, President of Lee County NAACP added, “From the beginning, there was no need to wait when the world watched a criminal activity took place, but policies were the reason there was so much unneeded delay for justice.”

This is the third day in a row they stood on the steps of the federal courthouse holding signs.

“We must end racial injustice in this country,” said Jason Boeckman, member of Showing Up for Racial Justice SWFL, “It has persisted for too long and it holds us all back.”

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
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