Washington Completes Successful Peaceful Protest
Around 400 community members turned out for a peaceful protest in the City of Washington Saturday morning. The demonstration took place at the County Courthouse on Main Street, then proceeded down Beau Street to College Street past the campus of W&J. The crowd then turned up Wheeling and back on to main before gathering at the Courthouse once again. An 8 minute-46 second prayer was conducted representing the final minutes of George Floyd’s life as he was killed in custody at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis. Chief of the city police Bob Wilson was among the marchers, as was County Commissioner Larry Maggi and State Representative Tim O’Neal. Speakers took the time to address the crowd in front of the Courthouse, including David Sadler, who gave the Washington High School Commencement speech Friday night. The protest was heavily protected by a mix of local and state law enforcement, who ensured the safety of all who attended.