North Fort Worth-area residents protest police brutality

Hundreds of North Fort Worth residents gathered for a peaceful protest at the intersection of Heritage Trace Parkway and North Riverside Drive on June 2nd. (Ian Pribanic / Community Impact Newspaper)

As protests continue across the country, residents of North Fort Worth and the Alliance also want their voices to be heard.

Triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, hundreds of North Fort Worth residents gathered for a peaceful protest on June 2 at the intersection of Heritage Trace Parkway and North Riverside Drive.

“I’m out here because of my sons,” said Clo Sneed, who lives in the Alliance. “My sons are American and shouldn’t be afraid. I want the world to change for them. “

While passing cars honored their support, protesters held signs with slogans such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Their Names”.

A number of young adults and families were among the nearly 200 demonstrators, including Vinu Singh, who lives in northeast Fort Worth.

“I came out because I want to teach my sons that it’s not okay to be racist,” said Singh. “I want to set an example for them and hopefully they will become better people.”

At least four members of the Fort Worth Police Department were also on hand to oversee the protest and keep the protesters safe, Sgt. Jonathan Pruitt said. Officers weren’t expecting any problems from protesters or bystanders, Pruitt said.

According to FWPD officials, an arrest was made during the protest. Officials declined to comment on the reason for the arrest.

For many in attendance, the protest was an opportunity to help, said Michael Brdecka, a friend of the protest organizers. Brdecka and others showed their support by providing bottled water to those present.

“I wanted to get up and say my life is important,” said Sneed. “George Floyd’s life was important. I am American and I have the right to say, “I don’t like this.”

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