Protesters chant ‘I can’t breathe’ as they march through Fairborn

Protesters chanted “I can’t breathe” as they marched through Fairborn Thursday afternoon.

Police were on scene directing traffic, according to a reporter at the protests.

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Multiple members of the Fairborn City Council attended the protest, which was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the the library on East Main Street.

Businesses along the street were offering free water and snacks.

Before the protest started, a woman was seen painting the sidewalks with chalk.

The organizers encouraged protesters to also attend the Fairborn Board of Education meeting at Fairborn High School.

A teacher and assistant football coach was placed on administrative leave earlier due to an investigation into comments posted on social media recently.

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The teacher reportedly responded to a Twitter post stating that Pres. Donald Trump “called black people ‘thugs’” by tweeting back, “Just because he speaks the truth you all can’t stand it. Take your blinders off.”