‘We’re not going to stop,’ organizer says at Riverside protest

Malakai (back) and Kameron G fromWest Carrollton get a ride to the Black Lives Matter protest at Stebbins High School Tuesday afternoon. Jim Noelker/Staff

More than 50 people gathered in front of Stebbins High School in Riverside to promote racial equality and change in police practices.

“We’re not going to stop,” said event organizer Calvin Bransford, a 2015 Stebbins grad. “We need to continue to put pressure on the people in power.”

The protests and rallies in cities across America were ignited by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Former officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes, has been charged with murder.

A small group of counter-protesters were staged across the street from the protest, with some yelling racial slurs and revving motorcycle engines.

Protesters who gathered in Riverside took a knee before a small group of counter-protesters, including some people who yelled racial slurs, on Tuesday evening, June 23, 2020. BONNIE MEIBERS / STAFF

At one point, the protesters took a knee in front of the counter-protesters.

Riverside police got between the two groups to help make sure there weren’t any incidents.

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Bradford worked with the Solution Movement to organize the protest, which also included a nearly nine-minute moment of silence for Floyd and “every life that has been taken in the 400 years my people were oppressed,” Asia Gibbs of the Solution Movement said.

Also speaking at the event were Riverside Police Chief Frank Robinson and Riverside Mayor Pete Williams.

The mayor said the protest is a good start, but that the city will continue to work.

“Words without deeds are empty,” Williams said.

Robinson said anyone is welcome to come see police records or video, and that he supports the protesters.

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The Riverside event was one of two protests Tuesday evening.

A second one was at Riverfront Park off North Miami Avenue in Miamisburg.

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