Sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis, hundreds of North Fort Worth residents gathered June 2 for a peaceful protest at the intersection of Heritage Trace Parkway and North Riverside Drive.
“I’m out here because of my sons,” said Clo Sneed, who lives in the Alliance area. “My sons are American, and they shouldn’t be afraid. I want the world to change for them.”
While passing cars showed support by honking horns, protesters held signs with slogans, such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Their Names.”
Among the nearly 200 protesters were a number of young adults and families, including Northeast Fort Worth resident Vinu Singh.
“I came out because I want to teach my sons that it’s not OK to be racist,” Singh said. “I want to set an example for them, and hopefully, they’ll grow up to be better people.”
At least four members of the Fort Worth Police Department were also on hand to monitor the protest and ensure the safety of protesters, Sgt. Jonathan Pruitt said. Officers were not anticipating any issues from protesters or onlookers, Pruitt said.
According to FWPD officials, one arrest was made during the protest. Officials declined to comment on the reason for the arrest.
For many in attendance, the protest was an opportunity to help, said Michael Brdecka, a friend of the protest organizers. Brdecka and others showed their support by providing bottled water for those in attendance.
“I wanted to stand up and say my life matters,” Sneed said. “George Floyd’s life mattered. I am an American, and I have a right to say, 'I don’t like this.'”