Protests planned and held locally

Protests are planned in at least two Eastern Kentucky cities Monday evening.

According to Facebook events for each, protests are planned to be held in downtown Pikeville and in downtown Paintsville on Monday. The events are being billed as “peaceful” demonstrations.

In Paintsville, the “#BlackLivesMatter Paintsville Protest” will begin at Paintsville City Hall at 6 p.m. According to an event organizer, demonstrators will march “around a couple blocks in town, chanting and holding posters, to make our message heard.” In Pikeville, the event, “A Peaceful Gathering for Public Grief …” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Pikeville City Park and demonstrators will march to the Pikeville Police Department and hold prayer.

Social distancing is encouraged at both events and participants are asked to wear masks to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Protestors hold a peaceful demonstration in Lexington over the weekend. LEX18 News photo.

The protests join other events held locally and nationally in response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, African Americans killed by police officers in separate events. Floyd was killed in Minnesota in an act captured on a now viral video. Taylor was killed in Louisville in her home by Louisville Metro Police officers who were conducting a “no knock” warrant activity.

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Williamson, West Virginia, on Sunday in a peaceful protest against the violence against people of color.

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