Germantown rally held to support racial equity

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Germantown around 1 p.m. to hold a march in support of racial equity and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

A smaller number of counter-protesters shadowed the group.

The march began at Veterans park around 1 p.m. and marchers walked through downtown under a light rain. Some carried signs in support of Black Lives Matter.

One of the organizers, Keara Peffly, 17, a student at Valley View High School, said she wanted to hold the rally because as a white person she said she sees the same racial inequities in Germantown that exist in bigger cities.

Germantown police patrolled around the event and removed one bicyclist who was carrying a confederate-style flag and briefly blocked the marchers on a sidewalk.

The planned march concluded around 1:30 p.m. and speakers followed up addressing a small crowd from the gazebo at Veteran’s Park. Off to the side 10 marchers and counter-protesters gathered talked with each other about their views.

The event concluded by 2 p.m. Thomas Schiff, the Germantown law director, said there were no arrests and the event concluded peacefully.

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