Black Lives Matter protestors gather in Lompoc for peaceful protest Tuesday
LOMPOC, Calif. - Black Lives Matter protestors honored George Floyd Tuesday in Lompoc at Ryon Park, before marching to the police station nearby.
"I have three sons, I have brothers, I have a father and uncles and cousins," said Shante Norwood, a Lompoc resident and protestor. "To watch them walk out of the house and have to worry if we're going to see them again because the people who are supposed to protect us are killing us - this is why we're out here."
Mayor Jenelle Osborne also joined the march. She said the Lompoc police are trying to engage in the community as much as they can on a tight budget.
"I'm just really proud that our community can show how much they want to see change to the systemic racism that exists across the country," said Osborne. "And how much Lompoc is ready for that change."
Protestors said that they wanted to keep the night peaceful after several protests across the country ended in rioting and looting. They said that violence would mar their message.
"All I'm trying to see happen out of this is for the murders to stop," said Norwood. "For families to not have to grieve over losing their son for going to the store and coming out with a soda in his hand."
That message is being heard.
"The next step is to begin to have serious conversations around what do you believe needs to happen locally?" said Mayor Osborne. "What kind of legislation, what kind of policies do you think are missing?"
The city council postponed their normal meeting to Wednesday because of the protest.