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Oxnard residents gather to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd

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OXNARD, Calif. - A group of about two dozen protesters gathered in Oxnard Friday evening to march against police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

George Floyd is a black man who died after being restrained on the ground by multiple Minneapolis police officers on Monday.

The march began around 6 p.m. at the Old St. Paul Baptist Church on C Street and ended at Oxnard Police Department.

Protesters said they want to see a change in how black people are treated in this nation.

"I just really want to bring awareness to the situation black people go through with police and just in general, racism things like that," said the march organizer Terrell Summerford. "If i could just get one person to latch onto the message, see that things aren't the way they should be then i feel like we've done a good job."

Summerford said he would like to hear more from local officers on the situation.

Earlier Friday, Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney released a statement on Facebook regarding George Floyd's death and the mistrust of police nationwide.

Whitney wrote in part, "In my 31st year of policing and toward the end of my career, it breaks my heart to see these types of incidents still occurring. The disgusting actions by the officers who killed George Floyd cannot be explained, defended or tolerated. Nobody should be treated that way. I talked with many officers throughout the week; we’re all disturbed by what we saw in the video."

The Police Chief's full statement can be read here.

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