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

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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.

Erica Stevel paints with chalk the sidewalk on Main Street in Fairborn to get ready for a protester scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. STAFF PHOTO / JIM NOELKER
Erica Stevel paints with chalk the sidewalk on Main Street in Fairborn to get ready for a protester scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. STAFF PHOTO / JIM NOELKER

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.

>> Fairborn teacher placed on administrative leave after social media comments

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.”

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