Hundreds March In Bartlesville To Protest After Death Of George Floyd


Friday, June 5th 2020, 9:44 pm
By: Kristen Weaver


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -

Hundreds of people, guided by police, took to the streets of Bartlesville Friday to protest and ask for unity.

The entire lawn downtown was filled up tonight with hundreds of demonstrators.

"We're going to stand here and support them," said Bartlesville Police Special Assistant to the Chief Rick Silver.

Officers guided hundreds of people through the streets.

"It's not right. You see the same actions happening over and over again."

That's why Irene Johnson, who's in high school, said she and her friends joined in.

"I can't wait to tell my grandchild and children about this."

People of all ages and backgrounds were there.

One of the proudest was 76-year-old veteran Stephen Payne, who said he has been wearing t-shirts to share messages of support for a year now.

"There's too many of us that are silent, we think we're going to do something like run into a burning building and we don't," he said.

Payne custom made this shirt that said Black Lives Matter. He said he will never understand what it's like to be black, but he is trying to be informed and help in every way he can.

Organizer Stizzy Gii said the town needed to come together and she's doing this for future generations.

"Right now, we're making history, and am I going to tell my kids I just sat there? No, I'm not going to do that," Gii said.

Several speakers took to the stage tonight as well to share their messages, including activists and a pastor.