Bellbrook, Sugarcreek communities to host solidarity vigil, march on Friday

About  500 protesters marched in Kettering on  Wednesday. JIM NOELKER / STAFF
About 500 protesters marched in Kettering on Wednesday. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

The Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Twp. communities plan to host a solidarity vigil on Friday evening to show support for black community members.

The goal is to “gather to protest police brutality and to understand that we must break (the) silence about the systematic violence,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

The vigil starts at 6 p.m. at Bellbrock Park, 57 N. Main St. in Bellbrook. It will include speakers, a moment of silence for lost lives and a march through downtown.

Although streets will remain open, “there will be police officers available to help (the marchers) safely walk from point A to point B,” Bellbrook Police chief Doug Doherty said.

The march primarily will be on the bike path through downtown.

Businesses also will be made aware of the activity ahead of time.