STAFFORDSHIRE’S Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime commissioner has asked people attending local rallies to make them peaceful and dignified, while still conveying a powerful message following the tragic death in the United States of George Floyd.
Matthew Ellis said the footage from the US was grotesque.
“I defy anyone not to be moved beyond outrage by what we saw happening in Minneapolis and it’s right that we express our feelings at the inhumanity it demonstrated. The UK has a powerful track record of demonstrating publicly. The cause of genuine equality and an end to discrimination of any sort couldn’t be more important.
“The message of the need for continued change here and globally must be the story and I urge everyone who wants to be involved to be peaceful, but with a powerful voice.”
The news comes as it was announced that there is a planned protest taking place in Tamworth on Saturday 13 June at 1300 BST in the Castle Grounds.
Organisers of the Tamworth Protest are keen to insist that the protest is to be peaceful and they have asked people to maintain social distancing.
They have asked: “Do not cause disruption of any kind, it will not be tolerated, and do not sit in groups of more than six people.”
There may be a procession involved with the Tamworth protest but the organisers have stated that this is dependant on how many market stalls have been set up.
It is understood that the police have been notified of the possible intention to have a procession, a requirement in law. It is mot believed that any conditions have been put on the protest by the police at this time.
Details of the Tamworth event can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/260236895311971
Mr Ellis also made a plea for social distancing rules to be followed in all marches and demonstrations.
He said: “The cause being demonstrated must take centre stage, so I respectfully ask that everyone involved takes care of themselves and of others by following the social distancing that will help protect people from Covid-19 infection.”