A protest against racial injustice that started on Square Corner Saturday evening became an impromptu march through Downtown Frederick, eventually meeting several sheriff's deputies on East Street near Monocacy Boulevard.

The deputies blocked the way to I-70 for protesters who were attempting to march onto I-70. A night earlier, protesters occupied the interstate shortly after thousands gathered in Baker Park to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

On Saturday evening, I-70 was briefly closed as a precaution, police said.

Thousands descend on Baker Park bandshell on Friday in fight for racial justice
Protesters brave heavy rain, thunderstorm to March for Justice in Frederick on Friday

Thirty-six sheriff's deputies in riot gear created a line across both lanes of East Street to block to protestors. Frederick City Police and the Maryland State Police were also on the scene. Protesters engaged in conversations and arguments with deputies and sheriff's office officials, and the protest came to a standstill for about 30 minutes. 

Organizers Kavonte Duckett and Aje Hill encouraged protestors to walk back toward downtown, seeing that the deputies would not let them through. After a few confrontations and some tensions escalating, the protestors all walked back up East Street toward Carroll Creek shortly after 9 p.m. 

BG BLM Protest Saturday Standoff 1

Protesters marching on South East Street encounter a police barricade near Monocacy Blvd. Saturday evening. All three police agencies were prepared with riot gear to prevent the protesters from traveling onto Interstate 70. A standoff went on for more than an hour before the protesters turned around and returned to downtown. The were no arrests and no injuries. 

Earlier in the evening, Duckett said the protesters aren’t strictly marching over Floyd’s death. While that might have been inciting incident of protests nationwide, he said the cause goes deeper. Police brutality is a symptom of a larger racist system at work, he said.

Aje Hill agreed. He said that he’s not upset with cops, but rather the system at large for protecting cops and permitting violence.

“This didn’t just start happening,” he said, while the group was protesting at Square Corner. “It’s been happening for 400 years.”

Hill said the fight goes well beyond protesting, too. He is a mentor with “I Believe in Me,” a program for boys in Frederick. He doesn’t want to teach them to be scared of the police, but instead teaches them about their rights.

“We’re going home terrified,” Hill said. “Our kids are afraid.”

Protest Standoff

Frederick Police Deptartment Ofc. Bill Folden kneels with a protester in an attempt to defuse a standoff between protesters and line of Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies spanning the width of S. East Street near Monocacy Boulevard Saturday evening.

Duckett said there are several changes he wants to see in Frederick. They include looking into training of both the Frederick Police Department and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and making any changes necessary to help mitigate racial bias and ensure de-escalation training is used. He wants to see data of arrests, stop and frisk and use of force by these departments broken down by race.

A press conference or a written statement from public officials will not be enough, he said. He wants legislation.

City Alderman Ben MacShane, a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, said he has been in conversation with local residents about how to best move forward. He wants to be a voice for people who have often gone unheard.

“Our nation needs reforms, our city needs reforms,” he said.

The group was peaceful, as the organized protest was on Friday night. A few businesses on Market Street had boarded up their windows ahead of Friday night’s protests. One of which was Black Hog BBQ, which the protest stopped and kneeled in front of while marching on Market Street.

Protest Standoff

Aje Hill, an organizer of a protest that shutdown several downtown Frederick Streets Saturday evening, walks down a line of Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies in riot gear as a confrontation between law enforcement and protesters eases Saturday night after what was at times tense.

“I understand the precautions,” Duckett said. “… But I think that was taunting, that was antagonistic.”

Moving forward, Duckett hopes the movement can utilize practices such as boycotts to make their message heard.

Hill, too, spoke on the importance of being peaceful, especially after President Donald Trump called protesters “thugs,” and police are clashing with protesters nationwide.

“It’s important that we’re strategic,” he said. “… We’re not just out here because we’re tired. We’re out here because we have a plan.”

Organizers are planning on protesting at the Frederick County Sheriff's Department on Monday. 

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley

(229) comments

georgeb

"some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses"....ratm

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Sen Romney is marching with BLM can he be arrested for obstructing white supremacy?

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DeplorableLocalVeteran

You equating black thug behavior with white cop behavior supports BLM assertion that many white cops are similar to black thugs. 😆

Lev928

BLM should change their false narrative to a more realistic one: "HANDS UP, DON'T LOOT!"

KR999

Good one Lev. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

awteam2000

Lev928, are you saying ‘Black’ people should hold their hands over their head showing they are not stealing (Not looting) rather then, protesting there lives matter ? 70% of the protesting aren’t black, protesting “ Black Lives Matters”. The majority, as you know protesting are of other color mostly, ‘white’, chanting “stop the killing of blacks”.Regardless of ‘black on black’ or you’re racism, this is all systemic of the greater problem). But KR999 is whole heartedly with you. He’s that

part of the systemic racism in the society that you can’t brush away. You guys may want to get together, if not already to discuss your common racist views?

Yep, Black people holding their hands over their head sounds pretty racist to me. I’m pretty sure you meet the requirements of blacks feeling you are racist, along with 70% of others, something-else other then black . And, we all know KR999 feelings about negroes. Right?

You guys should get together. Invite User1, and Bosco. Don’t for Girlpoitics she’s a girl. I wouldn’t invite prg45fan though. You guys know why. Right?

You can share how black and brown people have tormented your lives. Consider it a date night.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

We wouldn’t increase the school budget while losing attendance so why are we increasing the sheriffs budget while crime is decreasing ? This sounds like corruption is occurring

awteam2000

Mitt Romney marched with protesters around the White House today to make sure that people understand we need racial justice. Chanting “Black Lives Matter” I guess it’s officially now gone mainstream.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Lock him up he’s Antifa

DeplorableLocalVeteran

The real problem is that white cops have done such a good job suppressing crime and arresting black criminals over the past decades that the pool of applicants has evaporated and all that’s left now is a few thugs and many more productive black citizens with iPhones. It’s a simple supply and demand issue undocumented are gone and blacks are committing less crime with more officers on the street

DeplorableLocalVeteran

A psycho cop can get fired today and get hired tomorrow morning because no national registry or employment standard exists for crazed cops. Municipalities are so hard up for cops they’ll hire me to patrol your community.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Its not even a question if cops are murdering blacks today the debate is what type of murder are they committing.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

I had a friend at DOJ her only job was to cover up police misconduct they named a conference room after her.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

White taxpayers don’t have a problem with creating black millionaires as a result of police misconduct if law enforcement aren’t required to wear body cameras because they believe the price of terror is worth the cost of settlements

flipy

Obama called them "thugs " also. Not sure.what the beef is with Trump saying the same. Obey the law.and you won't need to interact with cops .

MRS M

The law of the land allows for protesting.

KR999

That's not what flipy meant and you know it.

bosco

That's because Obama has the complexion for the connection and gets a pass from the left. Plus, he had Holder as his wingman. [lol][ninja]

pretzel

Sheriff Jenkins, [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Steve Neilsen

Time to abolish the Sheriff and install an actual qualified, professional Chief of Police.

This ain’t a popularity contest.

barnkalhowe

Or, instead, do the opposite, since that makes much more sense.

prg45fan

In my opinion I believe all the LEO's across the country should go on strike for 90 days. I wonder what the results would be? Also stevie, what you only believe it is a popularity contest in the General Elections? Your tribe seems to think it IS INDEED a popularity contest. You and you ILK can't have it both ways. Make a choice: Comedy or Tragedy. As dick would say "come on man, that's nonsense."[censored] you very much!

phydeaux994

It wouldn’t be nearly as bad as it would be if all the Trash Collectors went on strike for 90 days.

threecents

I don't like Sheriff Jenkins either, but I think he was right to keep protesters from closing down 70.

phydeaux994

Agreed three.👍

KR999

Yeah, and this ain't MoCo, Neilsen.

DickD

There is and has been racial injustice. We do need to address it and clear it up so it no longer happens. But we will never clear up all of it and there are times racism is a two way street. That also has to stop. We need to live as brothers and sisters and treat all with kindness. We need to make sure we give all a good education with ability to get good jobs and a good living. We need to increase the minimum wage, we need to stop discrimination in hiring and promotions. What we don't need or want is quotas - as stated in this article. That just leads to more injustice and never will it lead to fair treatment if you have to arrest equal numbers based on the color of their skin, It cannot be that. It has to be the reason(s) you are being arrested or stopped by the police. As far as 400 years, how do we decipher that? Some ancestors go back to the 1600's, many more go less than 150 years. And it was not all that enslaved blacks, especially not in the north. And blacks owe a lot to the white Abolitionists. How do they get paid back? You can't paint all the same, black or white.As far as de-funding the police, that is totally ridiculous. We need a fair and good police department - most are, it is the few that give them a bad name. Let's look at this as an attempt to do what we should have been doing and a start to doing it.

xJacky1

DickD, bravo! With this I can agree.

barnkalhowe

Stop making so much sense, Dick!

Hero of Canton

Defunding police will be a political stunt wherever it happens. Executive branches, whether federal, state, or local, are duty bound to carry out and enforce laws. It's why they exist. So if a police department is dismantled one day, the next there will be a law enforcement bureau or something similar. Basically the same department with most of the same people doing the same job as the police. So if this happens anywhere it would just be a move to pacify the sheep.

gary4books

"Organizers are planning on protesting at the Frederick County Sheriff's Department on Monday." Now this will test both sides. Wait and see.

jsklinelga

Gary4books

Haven't read the article nor the comments. Started to and saw yours. It will not really be a test. It will be handled with absolute professionalism. And if there are outside agitators I am certain they will be handled.quickly and decisively Sheriff Jenkins .could draw some outside agitators since he has visited the White House and is known as a stalwart Trump supporter.

xJacky1

Thank you Sheriff Jenkins for your leadership. I’d also like to thank your deputies for keeping the protestors off I-70. Job well done!

KellyAlzan

LOL 😂

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KR999

She is nothing, xJacky1. Nothing but a fake.....at everything. And [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] to your comment re. our sheriff.

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barnkalhowe

One note Sally.....or should I say Kathy?

prg45fan

Please explain your comment Mz. lead commentator. Regal us with your wisdom. In other words What's so funny babe?

Steve Neilsen

Jenkins is an unqualified hack who couldn’t pour piss from a boot with instructions written on the heel.

Install a professional chief of police, and not some Trump acolyte boot licker.

barnkalhowe

Might want to make a doctor's appt.

prg45fan

[yawn] stevie, you'd make a mint as a stand up. People would be throwing rolls of pennies at you. Thanks for the memories. [sleeping]

KellyAlzan

Accurate claim, Steve

The voice of reason

As Bob asked earlier What do the demonstrators you want? We have laws in place for murder. The cop will go to jail. If police departments are defunded, who ya gonna call Ghostbusters? There has been sensitivity training for decades. Obey the law and your less likely to be in a "situation ". I was pulled over last week in Frederick and somehow missed being in the news. The officer in Minneapolis was wrong and he will be held accountable. So what is the action plan so this doesn't happen again? Maybe we all look in the mirror. You think the government can fix this?

phydeaux994

The only people that can really change things are the ones who Hate Black people for being Black and that have isolated them since slavery ended in the Inner Cities with no chance to adapt and blend into the American mainstream. The RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) must stop the Hate and allow Black people and all People of Color to enter mainstream America. Get your knees off their necks!!! It won’t happen overnight but we must start NOW!!!

barnkalhowe

Thanks for addressing your comment to 0.000001% of the population.

prg45fan

You keep talking about this RRR thing like you are reading, whomever they are minds. Wow! I wish I could do the. You seem to be getting a little more R with the closer the election looms for the LLL. In case you didn't know already that is a whaddyacallit? an acronym for liberal leftist loon. Make a note phydoh you represent them at the highest level of LLLisim. You should be very proud of your accomplishment.[beam]. You are a shining , no, a shooting star within the ranks of LOSERS! Do you all have charters throughout the country or is it just for the Fredfreakin's sect of loonies? Enquiring minds want to know. Tell me a story phydo. Give me a true and accurate accounting for the Democrat party from the time of their inception! THEN and ONLY then give me a historic account of The Grand Old Party. NOT from the time Trump beat hillarys @zz. The History of the United States DID NOT START in 2016. Revisit that! Have a MAGA day, Friend.

KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] prg

lindalee

A link just popped up about seven people found dead in burning house in Alabama, apparently deliberately set. The other day there was a story about a man in San Antonio who killed his wife, their four little kids, and the two cats. Stuff like this is in the news every day. Do you ever think about the police officers who are first on the scene and what that must be like for them? I would never defend abusive police, but please think about the thousands of decent, honorable officers who must deal with the worst, most horrific acts that humans are capable of. Would you want their job? Someone has to do it. I am grateful for those who do (including one of my family members).

awteam2000

Unfortunately too many think about police a lot.

Not in the manner you or I would hope, but as bad, to the point of protest around the entire world. You may have seen them on the news.

I hope you don’t want many to see your family member as being a threat, rather then following the oath of standards to service and protect - integrity, bravery and honor to the community and law. But that’s not the case. Their own colleagues put them in a complicit position. I hope he or she isn’t standing around watching a fellow cop murders a fellow citizen by pressing his knee on the victims neck for close to nine minutes. Right? And yes, ‘blacks are fellow citizens’. Bad policing, cops out of control hurt all, even your family member. Quite frankly, how would anyone know that he’s not a bad cop? That clearly increases his risk of personal danger.

If the public doesn’t trust him , he becomes as much of a threat as criminals, especially to minorities.

xJacky1

I suspect with your rhetoric you are ok with the eye for eye assassinations of police officers around the nation by the paramilitary wing of the dem party?

awteam2000

Xjax, chorine bleach isn’t a remedy for the coronavirus. Don’t use it as mouthwash any more. You are making less sense everyday. “Take a time out.” Go for a walk (maybe not in Frederick though you may get caught up in a protest.

lindalee

Yes, it concerns me that some people will see my family member as a threat. I just saw a video of a white police officer kneeling down comforting a black girl about four years old who was crying because she had expected the officer to shoot her. People are generalizing as if ALL police are a threat to innocent civilians. There was a discussion in a local facebook group about a local business person who said he would refuse to serve uniformed police officers, in order to create a "safe space," and other local residents were hailing this vendor as some kind of hero. I see many social media posts claiming that ALL police are evil and if you do not agree you are a racist. Labeling all police as evil or murderers makes it that much harder to recruit good people into police work. And we do need police, at least until human beings decide to behave themselves. I will continue to greet every police officer that I see with a smile.

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lindalee

Do you really think that is always the case?

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Antifa is pro Trump terrorist attempting to stoke racial fears by looting and rioting.

KR999

To say "Antifa is pro Trump" only shows your ignorance. Or, is this just another one of your comments intended to get the attention you need so badly again?

phydeaux994

I told you CD, it’s the Boogaloo Bois in anti-Fascists clothing.

awteam2000

Antifa sentiment is clearly not in support of Trump. Quite the opposite.

Antifa is an ideology that supports, “no tolerance “ - fighting white racist groups by physical confrontation and intimidating follower and leaders. The ideologue is to bring out in mass those who are willing to fighting those promoting racism and to destroy the concept. It’s been highly successful In reducing the number of public demonstrations by white supremest. Many of their counterparts are frustrated that they cover their faces, not sharing their identity, allowing them to go back into the workspace without being intimidated by those that might disagree.

Trump is right it is terrorizing. Many believers in the concept of antifa (anti- fascism) are probably in the marches but they’re not doing the property damage. Trumps frustration is that they acknowledge “white privilege” and not impressed by him taking a stroll across Lafayette Square, after gassing peaceful demonstrators to go to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a Photo op. That’s the definition of authoritarian fascism which the ideology of antifa feel we can’t stop without a punch for a punch.

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hayduke2

Jerseygirl has a new handle...

Joey Pesto

This is a prime opportunity for Frederick City and Frederick County to engage the protesrt leaders in constructive talks and changes. Please don't miss this opportunity Frederick government leaders!

CheetoBenito

Great comment!

KarlBickel

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threecents

Very disappointed in protesters that made it confrontational. When I was there Friday, it was all about being peaceful and coming together. The deliberate confrontations are just going to make all sides dig in their heels, erasing the progress that is being made.

jwhamann

Probably showed up from Baltimore to cause problems. Situations like this are happening around the country.

awteam2000

... Not to mention around the world. Those Baltimore problem causers travel well. I wonder how they do it. Our wedding anniversary cruise in Europe was canceled until next year. No Americans.

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CheetoBenito

OMG!!!! Supervised Prbation for traffic offenses?? The HORROR!!! Really reaching there! Hey girlpolitic. Care to announce your full legal name so your past misdemeanor Charges can be publicly discussed?

hayduke2

The divide and political tribalism is alive and well here. Too much seeing everything as black or white and ignoring the huge area for discussion that is actually " gray". Focus on those who commit acts of violence within a peaceful protest or on the rogue police that commit heinous acts is not helpful. That's like focusing on the 1% of fans that act like jerks or commit violence at a sporting event and punishing the 99% who cheer their teams and behave appropriately. Hoping that mature leaders from all sides can talk, resolve issues, apply justice and move this country forward.

bosco

That's one of your better posts hayduke2, I'm tickled brown that people of all colors showed up to protest and it's too bad that the knuckleheads steal the show and distort the message. They should all go home and watch Ghandi and see how to bring about change in a peaceful manner.[ninja]

threecents

Ghandi and MLK.

MFGA

Wonder how Mayor O' Conman and Alderman Mac Shame are going to deal with the continued protests on Market Square every evening at 6 pm...won't that impact the plans for outdoor dining downtown and tax paying businesses to thrive along with tax paying citizens to patronize those businesses that the city probably has invested more funds to support...stop pandering to out of town and non tax paying instigators...I agree there needs to be reform....reform in the Mayor and Aldermen of Frederick offices next election.

awteam2000

Many businesses were open on Friday. There was street dining. I saw many of the customers expressing support for the cause. I would be interested in knowing if businesses got a boost in business, those who choose to remain open, especially seeing the protest came in the middle of a pandemic, during a rain storm. Lines were backed up by customers waiting to get a seat into Bellisario's Pizza court yard. They must have some good pizza. Going to try it this week.

Burgessdr

The GOP couldnt even put a full slate together in the last two elections in Frederick. And the ones that ran got half the votes of the last place Democrat

KR999

Frederick City has become a libturd utopia, Burgess, what else would you expect?

Steve Neilsen

Fredneck is getting smarter. They’re tired of the stank of the Republican Party.

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threecents

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Jleftwich

I posted this in another article re: Friday’s planned protests. But from the tone of the comments here, looks like some of you might get some perspective from this video from Emanuel Acho: https://youtu.be/h8jUA7JBkF4

DeplorableLocalVeteran

I can only find 2 situations of a black law enforcement officer discharging his weapon on an unarmed white suspect in history, maybe we need more black cops and less white cops,

lindalee

The Washington Post published statistics on police shootings of civilians. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/?fbclid=IwAR3JklVJpx4oUc0Tz5AW2hHDySqExBzRHsDUpeGtfmI4XyFkliLvPwb3KSs&itid=lk_inline_manual_7

DeplorableLocalVeteran

In 2020 in a state that’s probably minority majority in a county that’s 30% minority having less minority cops than Trump has in his cabinet is revealing.

KellyAlzan

FNP Staff:

This story exists because of many reasons. Because a few police feel black individuals do not matter. Much of what is happening is because society has gotten meaner. Constant bullying. And harassing. What happened to respecting others? It all comes hand and hand.

As I review the comments, as I comment here, there are some commenters that are engaging in exactly what brought us here. Every time I post here, there is always the same small handful of commenters that feel they must set me (and others) straight. They feel the need to exclaim their great intelligence. It makes me feel sad for them that they don’t have any accomplishments in their life, so they troll others as a way of feeling accomplished. It’s Harassment. And it’s Bullying. And it’s exactly why we’re at where we are today.

FNP Staff - the deleting comments obviously isn’t working.

My suggestion: cancel subscriptions. Downgrade subscriptions, instead of 7.99 with commenting abilities,

Downgrade the problem people to 3.49 with unlimited reading but NO commenting.

KR999

"They" feel the need to exclaim their great intelligence? This from one who professes to be an expert on just about everything. [lol]

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Deep red Jefferson County WV has far less black residents and has even managed to hire a black deputy.

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Dwasserba

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/his-new-story-mentorship-program-helps-frederick-man-overcome-past-incarceration/article_4cacdd48-aeb7-5a63-a7a8-a003666ad7bb.html

The mentors do not hide their backgrounds and deserve respect.

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awteam2000

I guess that’s why he’s walking?

MFGA

Peaceful protests don't involve angry protestors pointing fingers, shouting, and getting up into the face of officers...way to go officers for being there 24/7 to protect law abiding citizens and businesses...safe at home...while you have to endure the ridiculous abuse directed at those of you who don't deserve such treatment.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

The expectation is that white officers are hired to serve and protect white Americans and brutalize black law abiding Americans

Nancy Day

crickets.

awteam2000

Obviously it did involve angry protestors pointing fingers, shouting, and getting up into the face of officers. 🤷‍♂️

threecents

MFGA, Even as a liberal, I can't disagree with your points. You are absolutely right. Most of the protesters are wearing masks, but as the FNP photos show, some are not, and that pisses me off. They have no right to put all of us in danger by being careless.

CheetoBenito

Luckily the police have the training to accept the taunting. It comes with the job. They know what they signed up for. I think you, MFGA, made the correct decision not to enter a career in law enforcement. You don’t seem to have the mettle necessary to handle the stress.

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Nancy Day

Not a chance. They work for us.

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Nancy Day

What is the point for posting the above? How many people get popped for dwi? Lame attempt. Keep trying.

bobwak

I would love just ONE of the protestors or organizers of the rally please tell me in a very simple sentence-what do you want? A generic request such as "We want justice" or "we want to be treated different than we have been" does not have a definable and measurable result. Be specific-" we want a change in legislation that provides or does....what"? But I'll bet they cannot vocalize it because they just don't know. So how can they be taken seriously? Without a reasonable agenda or path to change they have nothing. With regard to the rioting and looting etc- the damaging of businesses, burning of churches and the ridiculous pandering to this hooliganism by kneeling with them sends the message that what they are doing is acceptable and is bringing the establishment to the table. My resulting feelings are just the opposite. These actions steel my resolve and just further proves this is just an opportunity to pillage. Here is an idea-if yiou do not want to be hassled by police-keep yourself out of the situations that might result in their presence. If you dont want to get pulled over while driving make sure you have insurance, make sure you have a valid operator's license and your tags are current. If you do get pulled over while driving black, be respectful, obey the officer and follow to the letter his commands. There is a time and place to air your grievances and it is not on the isde of the road. Finally, to all of you people who participated in the white parade Friday night- No one cares how you spend your time, no one cares how empowered you feel and no one cares about your support-at the end of the day you are white and they will walk right over you and your white privilege faster than you can say wait BLM! This is all a setup for reparations. Well you're not getting it from me!

Nancy Day

Are those crickets I hear? Or perhaps just a mosquito.

KR999

Excellent comment bob, I couldn't agree more!!! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

awteam2000

Policing is just a symptom of the ailment in our culture. You see it as black problem but it’s an American problem that’s been around since 1619, when the first knee was put on a black man’s neck in the country.

On Friday night it was my pleasure to march along with so many young white and black together. The younger generation is the future and they get.

In a very simple sentence “ If you don’t get, it you won’t get it“, your time has passed.

KR999

aw, why do you people keep mentioning 1619 when the Spanish first established slavery in what became America almost a hundred years earlier? You really should get your facts straight sometime.

https://www.history.com/news/american-slavery-before-jamestown-1619

awteam2000

You mean it goes back further? That’s ‘way harsh’! The new colonies of now the United States weren’t the first? But persecuted people of color for 400 years ? I guess the saying “just because someone else does it, you shouldn’t do it too”, wasn’t a popular saying in 1619 Jamestown. My bad 🤗.

I guess “Black Lives Matter” wasn’t part of the lexicon at the time. Yep, Inhumanity didn’t start in 1619.

Good point. Maybe that’s why everybody around the world are protesting, Humans have been inhuman for much longer. I guess Jesus should have cooperate with the police and followed the norms of the time.

KR999

aw, I'm not sure I comprehend your babbling, I just hope you get my point, that's all.

gary4books

Piffle.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

There are more black school principals in Frederick County than black deputies.

Nancy Day

Would you wanna sign up with sherf corn cob?

petersamuel

The protester-police confrontation Saturday night on East St near I-70 apparently occurred because protesters wanted to march down onto the interstate and the police were under orders to stop them. What, I wonder, did the protest leaders think would have been achieved by their walking down into traffic on I-70? Did they have no concern that someone might get hurt? How would causing drivers on the interstate to swerve and stop have advanced the cause of racial justice? How would delaying random people traveling home to Hagerstown or Mt Airy or causing a tractor-trailer resupplying supermarkets to sit an hour in stopped traffic have advanced the cause of prosecuting police crime in some other state. The Frederick News-Post reporter could have asked such questions of protest leaders. As a reader I'd be interested to hear their answers.

Jleftwich

Traffic was actually halted Friday evening after the planned protest ended at Baker Park. Several dozen protestors ventured on to I-70. Listening to the scanner traffic, police were able to halt traffic both directions.

After about 20 mins, protestors cleared and traffic flowed again; less time than it typically takes for a vehicle accident to clear.

neekneek87

They were walking on the highway they were trying to walk on the road past Costco and come back

neekneek87

we not *

perceptiveperspective

Aje Hill is the PERFECT young man to run a program like “I Believe in Me”. There are many more Black men in our community with imperfect pasts that are using their experiences to instruct and encourage the next generation of Black men to avoid the kinds of decisions that caused them to have a record that people will forever hold against them, regardless of the good they do moving forward. That should make you feel hopeful, not bothered. It’s funny how so many of y’all get itchy-case-search-fingers to try discredit good work, meanwhile failing to realize that if youth in your communities were policed the way Black communities are, there’d be a whole lotta Abigails, Chads, Zacks and Madisons with “CDS possession” and other similar charges.

That’s the whole point, but you miss it. It’s not equal justice under the law. Dylan Roof managed to kill nine (that’s NINE) people in a church after they prayed with him and was somehow peacefully arrested then provided Burger King by law enforcement because he was hungry (that’s REAL NEWS. Look it up for yourself). Yet calls for Black men allegedly selling loose cigarettes on the street or passing a counterfeit twenty results in the death penalty, on the spot, broad daylight, on television. Does that sound like equal justice to you? Two unarmed Black women have been killed by police IN THEIR HOMES within the past year. Do you know their names? Did the media outlets where you get your information even cover these stories? How about you try to at least CONSIDER that there is a reason people are angry. There are thousands of names that you have never heard of people of all races, religions and abilities that died under similar circumstances at the hands of police, on and off camera. CONSIDER that police may need more training and other tools to prevent the unnecessary use of deadly force. Just CONSIDER it. Stop going along with what your neighbors, your church, your family tells you. Look at other situations and listen to voices that may make you uncomfortable and then CONSIDER that if it was you on that video instead of George Floyd that someone declaring that your life matters wouldn’t be a controversial statement.

KR999

If that was me in the [Floyd] video, I wouldn't have been on the ground with a cop on me. And not because I'm white, but because I have the intelligence to cooperate with cops.

bosco

I've never had any problems with any cop I've ever encountered because I do not cop an attitude, make furtive movements as they approach the vehicle, I sit with my hands on the wheel at 10 and 2, and if the officer asks for my license and registration I first tell them where it is and which hand I'm going to use to retrieve them. I've had a few east coast cops smile and ask me where I learned the procedure and I tell them ride-alongs in LA.

I've always found that you can reap what you sow. [ninja]

awteam2000

If that was you, the victim, shown in the video recording murdered by Derek Chauvin, you would have to be black. When being born ‘black’ last happen to you? Have you had a genealogy test? Never know, you could be the “Watermelon Man”.

phydeaux994

You’ve never been stopped because you are White. You’ve never been murdered by a Cop while you were sitting in the drivers seat obeying the Cops instructions while your girl friend and her daughter were sitting in the back seat. To say that Black people aren’t treated differently by Cops and RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) is nonsense.

KR999

[yawn][yawn][yawn]

bosco

There you go stereotyping again Fido. Hah hah hah. The joke is on you if you assume I'm white. I guess you've never met a truck driving, Harley riding black man who supports law and order. See, Fido, everybody prejudges. [lol][lol][ninja]

gabrielshorn2013

Respect. Brother. [thumbup]

CheetoBenito

As someone who totally agrees with a persons right to peacefully protest, I also believe the FCSO did the right thing in blocking access to I70. They were protecting the marchers.

lindalee

I have read elsewhere that the tactic of blocking roads is to demonstrate what if feels like to be at a standstill. I understand their point, but I don't agree with inconveniencing people who are just trying to get somewhere.

KellyAlzan

Ethan Saylor. An unarmed man with Down syndrome. Killed by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in the same manner as Floyd. And the incident was swept under the rug by the sheriff and county and courts.

JUSTICE FOR ETHAN!

KR999

Tthe {Saylor} incident was swept under the rug by the sheriff and county and courts?" Seriously? Where the hell were you when all the court cases for that incident occurred? With your head buried in the sand? And don't tell me that I "misread your comment and need to read it again."

User1

Sorry “Lead Instigator”, dead wrong....again!

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phydeaux994

"I ain don nuffin" crap? Is that what Black people say when stopped for “driving while Black”??? 😂🤣 How do you know that, are you a Cop???😂🤣

DeplorableLocalVeteran

A race war is underway in America which why minority military and law enforcement are being advised to avoid racially radicalized communities intolerant of them.

bosco

If Duckett thinks protecting your property by boarding up your windows is taunting, he is part of the problem and not the solution. If that's his benchmark, I taunt him all the time by keeping my doors locked, I lock my truck when I'm not in it, I lock my Harley when I'm not on it, and I am always aware of my surroundings and who is around me. [ninja]

lindalee

Boarding up their windows seems like sensible precaution, in light of what we have seen in DC and elsewhere.

phydeaux994

And you are a “LEGEND IN YOUR OWN MIND” and do everything perfectly.🦸‍♂️We know bosco, we know. You keep telling us that.

KR999

fido, that really is a pitiful attempt replying to valid points that bosco made. You know it, I know it, he knows it, and all who are reading these comments know it. You really should try to stop embarrassing yourself.

MSAMV55

So do I see an implied boycott threat against Black Hog BBQ for taking precautions against the possibility of vandalism and looting? Good luck with that -- tons of people are going to sympathize with "nice business you got there, shame if anything happens to it" threats against a well-liked local business. Perfect way to generate sympathy for your cause.

awteam2000

You guys are really tune deaf...

No one is asking anyone’s sympathy (feeling sorry 😐) No! The protesters across the globe are demanding “Black Lives Matter”. Those shops that boarded up their windows on Friday while others were open for business, only lost out. There was plenty of business to be had and many shops along the march route were open for business and benefited.

This is way bigger then some Black Hog’s mediocre barbecue, or some old fat outdated sheriff, or even an inept president. It’s about addressing systemic issues in our culture.

User1

Sorry but wrong ...AGAIN. Black Hog was open! Only the windows were boarded up incase of vandals and looters. Sorry if an ounce of prevention was “antagonist” to some wannabes!

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newspostreader

Reader1954 - Don't! You're being part of the problem. It isn't needed right now.

tptfmd

I did not see this incident that happened Friday noight mentioned either. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=3227936437226061&set=a.150824778270591

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KR999

THAT was the entire point of my comment yesterday, Reader, before it was deleted in the Moderator's Comment Pogrom. The course taken after a cop initially confronts someone breaking any law is dictated by the offender. Doing what the cops say to do when they stop you goes a long way towards no violent confrontation.

frederickmom

The sheriffs did an incredible job last night. Any "tension" that I saw came from protesters. Deputies were being taunted by the protesters; profanity was being yelled at them, protesters were not keeping their distance and the deputies didn't even flinch.

awteam2000

Frederickmom, The point of a protest is to express tensions, is to make a statement, to demonstrate disapproval, objection to something. Not to be meek.

KR999

So, aw, does being confrontational, disrespectful, and getting in the faces of the law with vile obscenities further their agenda?

lindalee

I have read people saying online that the whole point is to break laws, such as blocking public roads, because they feel that gets more attention and is thus more successful.

CheetoBenito

Again, that’s what proper training produces.

lindalee

I have seen online criticism of the local police for wearing "riot gear," but, since they really did not know what to expect, it seems like a reasonable precaution. I am relieved that violence did not ensue and the riot gear did not need to be used.

sevenstones1000

I’m glad to see the black community of Frederick actually got together for a real protest march, rather than the Parade for White People Who Want to Show How Bad They Feel that was held on Friday.

Don’t get me wrong, having a white people’s parade is fine. It’s just not what the movement is really about - making white people feel they did something.

bosco

I thought it was wonderful that so many people of all colors marched on Friday, and here you are calling it a "white peoples" parade. That only serves to continue to divide and not unify. [thumbdown][ninja]

threecents

[thumbup]Bosco[thumbup]

bosco

Thanks threecents, even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while. [ninja]

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] bosco!

newspostreader

sevenstones1000 - White people participate because they stand behind you. The see the different treatment and injustice. We're not all bad. If you'd rather not have our help spreading the cause, we can stay at home. I'm not understanding why you wouldn't want their support, for those of us who truly support BLM.

frederickmom

Wow. I thought the goal was unity, not division.

frederickmom

Wow. I thought the goal was unity, not division.

KR999

Anyone who looks at all the photos from the event Friday night and calls it "A white people's parade" is color blind. Or prejudiced. Or both.

CheetoBenito

[thumbdown] I normally agree with you seven. Not this time.

gabrielshorn2013

SMH seven...just smh.[unsure]

Rockfish

An organizer has a problem with a business boarding up their windows..gimme a freaking break. And they call it taunting? Who's taunting who, I think the articles photos answer that question.

User1

So boarding up your business to prevent damage is now “antagonist”? Really? That is the mindset of a radical.

bosco

[thumbup][ninja]

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sevenstones1000

How many videos do you have see to admit that that isn’t true?

HappyPlace77

Way to be intentionally misleading, FNP! Pretty sure they were stopped by city police, not FCSO. FCSO only showed up to back up the city — at FPDs request. But sure, anything to shine a negative light on FCSO, even if it’s intentionally misleading.

sevenstones1000

FCSO shines a negative light on themselves every single day. Nice weapons they were brandishing.

HappyPlace77

No different than the weapons FPD had. FPD was there initially, not FCSO. FCSO came to help FPD because FPD asked them to. FPD was ASSISTED by FCSO. This was still FPDs domain, not FCSOs.

KR999

sevenstones is one of those anti-FCSO types, Happy, as evidenced by her comment "FCSO shines a negative light on themselves every single day." Don't expect anything rational from her when it comes to the Sheriff and his office.

gary4books

I was in Texas for many years. This Sheriff is no stranger to me.

Thewheelone

"No arrests, no injuries;" the first amendment works well when all are on the same page. Kudos to everyone involved yesterday and to Officer Folden and the photographer who got that photo.

Barrister

BLUE LIVES MATTER!

marinick1

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steelersfan2005

then you are part of the problem.

KR999

How exactly is Barrister part of the problem, steeler?

phydeaux994

All Racists are part of the problem CD. In fact they are the problem. The negative, antagonistic comments here against the protests for Racial Justice give you away. It is the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) knee on the neck of the Black race for 400 years that is the problem. You all must change to fix it.

KR999

All racists are part of the problem, fido? Does that include you and the other black racists too? And when you want to condemn slavery, which has NOT been going on for 400 years, don't forget to condemn the blacks in Africa who sold other blacks into slavery. And don't forget the blacks in Africa today who still practice the enslavement of other blacks.

https://qz.com/africa/1333946/global-slavery-index-africa-has-the-highest-rate-of-modern-day-slavery-in-the-world/

Rockfish

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gorillagusto

Some of those blue lives should be spent behind bars.

sevenstones1000

👍👍👍

bosco

There are rogue employees in every organization, but for some reason rogue cops reflect badly on all cops. The rogues need to be weeded out, but too many times their union provides too much protection and incidents result in a slap on the wrist. I have no tolerance for criminals - especially those who wear the uniform. [ninja]

newspostreader

Barrister - They absolutely do, just like All Lives Matter, but we're never going to get there if we don't make Black Lives Matter. Someone supporting BLM doesn't mean they don't think all lives matter. Saw this the other day and it says it best. If your child dies and you're speaking at your child's funeral about how special he/she was to you and someone else stands up and says well All Children Are Special, how would you feel? The focus isn't on all children at that time, it's on your child.

Robbbobb4863

absolutely :)

HurtingAngel

Protesting a just cause is good. Getting results for the positive is good. That being said these same protesters need to do the same on black on black crime/murders which is in the thousands.

Blocking highways is not good due to blocking an ambulance, a doctor that may be called in to do emergency surgery, people need to drive to work, and all other issues including delivery trucks that need to drop off cargo. We need to have common sense.

steelersfan2005

being inconvenienced? now you know who they feel.

Rockfish

I have a problem with these protests when I can't gett to my home because of road closures.

Rockfish

Sorry Angel, common sence isn't common anymore

phydeaux994

Black on Black crime occurs because mostly Black people live in the Inner Cities where poverty and hopelessness drive people to crime to survive. Outside of the Inner Cities, in poverty stricken White areas of the Country such as Appalachia and the Rust Belt, the crime is White on White. No difference.

User1

Tell me, are these the same inner cities that have been run FOR YEARS by Dimocrats? Like Baltimorgue?

Cowell

A huge difference in strategy between two different police agencies. Which one would you stand next two?

marinick1

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HappyPlace77

The article states that city police were ASSISTED BY FCSO. The protest was stopped by FPD. The line was initially held by FPD. FCSO just filled in the gaps at the cities request. This was still technically in FPDs jurisdiction and they were calling the shots.

raiderport

Looks like Chuck Jenkins has had enough.

marinick1

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Rockfish

And so have I! After a week of protests I think everyone has got the message.

gorillagusto

I think a lot of folks have had enough of Jenkins.

raiderport

Then how is he the longest serving sheriff in Fred Co history?

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Frederick County has no black deputies fir a reason

Lovemesome31bags

This is incorrect. Where did you get this information at?

KR999

DLV posts comments to get attention, facts be damned.

HappyPlace77

This is literally false.

User1

Another “colorblind” statement from FakeVet!

unctatheelsrus

When are the police going to stop these protestors from blocking the free passage of traffic? What a joke FPD.

girlpolitic

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girlpolitic

Can you spine less? O C O N N E R

KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] girlpolitic

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KR999

And yet, you can't even copy and paste her name correctly! [lol][lol][lol]

elmerchismo1

The streets belong to the people.

bnick467

The protests will stop when the abuse of brown people by the police stop. If you think that having to sit in traffic is inconvenient, try being dragged from your vehicle and beaten to a pulp for doing nothing more than having dark skin.

HappyPlace77

And what happens when a tractor trailer can’t stop on time when they’re blocking the highway and hits them because they’re so heavy and can’t just slam on the breaks and stop like a smaller car? What happens when an actual accident is cause and innocent people get hurt or killed? What happens to the ambulance that was blocked the other day from responding to a car accident with personal injuries?It’s not “just property” or “just a minor inconvenience.” This is also a public safety issue where innocent people — including the protesters — can, and are getting hurt/killed. Stop minimizing this.

User1

And you know that’s pure B.S.! Break the law then suffer the consequences!

User1

Waw..Waw..Waw... [censored]

steelersfan2005

aww, are you inconvenienced? well now you know how it feels.

User1

Nothing to say so you keep repeating yourself?

Rockfish

I have a real problem with these protests when I can't get to my home because of street closures.

phydeaux994

You have a real problem with these protests because you hate the people and the reasons for the protests. You have never not been able to get home because of road closures, that’s just silly talk. ✌️

KR999

fido, there's a difference between not being able to get home because of road closures due to construction, an accident, etc., and being closed by something like this. Those people had NO legal right to shut down an interstate highway and you know it. You're only defending criminals with your comment.

marinick1

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Rockfish

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jwhamann

I wonder how many of these protesters were imported just to cause problems...to get everyone riled up unnecessarily?

bnick467

Unnecessarily? It's clear that you are a white person. The abuse of people of color by those who are supposed to protect all of us is what is really unnecessary. If you want the protests to stop, get the politician to get the police to stop the brutality against minorities.

marinick1

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jwhamann

I thought it was supposed to be a peaceful march until the ones who were face-to-face with cops ruined it. They probably came from Baltimore.

gary4books

"Face to face?" If both are adults, this may be the answer to our problems. Talk more and fight less. You need more confidence in our verbal skills.

KR999

Jim, are you a white person?

gorillagusto

Oh, I think there are enough locals fed up with police brutality and unionized murderers. No need for imports.

Rockfish

Not sure how many but looking at Twitter feeds, out of towners are here.

chki384

If you were able to catch the video that the Frederick scanner has up last night (which has since been taken down), one of the men protesting stated that they weren’t even from here and came up from Florida for this.

gary4books

This is way past being necessary. It is urgent and vital now.

Robbbobb4863

shut that crap down quick....WTG sheriff dept :)

marinick1

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KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]!! Chuck won't take their crap!

Robbbobb4863

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mgoose806

[thumbup]

Robbbobb4863

Shut that crap down quick....WTG Sheriff dept :)

Rockfish

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mgoose806

Thank you Frederick County Sheriff's Department for protecting the county from the "peaceful" demonstrators in the city. Please keep the within the City Limits listening to speech's from the incompetent Mayor.

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