Protests against racial injustice that started last week in Frederick continued through the weekend.

On Sunday, several dozen protesters gathered on Square Corner holding signs that read messages such as “Black Lives Matter” and “racism is a pandemic.” People walking and driving by honked and raised their fists in support.

The group was smaller than the approximately 100 people that met on Saturday and eventually had a standoff with police on East Street near Monocacy Boulevard. On Saturday, police and sheriff’s deputies blocked protestors from marching onto I-70.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, the protesters began marching through the streets and chanting. Frederick City Police followed behind and eventually blocked off roads. Around 8 p.m., the protesters arrived back on Square Corner. By 8:45 p.m., all roads were open again.

No arrests were made on either day.

Across the country, thousands of people in dozens of communities and cities continued to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

“We teach our kids as we grow up, one bad apple spoils the bunch, what makes it different from the cops,” said Aje Hill, a protest leader and executive director, president and founder of I Believe In Me Inc.

“So, if one cop kills an innocent black boy, every cop on the force, in my humble opinion, is under investigation because I can’t see what’s in their heart,” he said. “I don’t know what’s in their heart, so the only thing I can go back to is their trainings. So is their training something that gives them the indication that it’s OK to kill young black boys ... I don’t have a grudge. I don’t have any hatred on my heart for police, but the system trickles down all the way to make their job uncomfortable and they’re put in a very uncomfortable situation in this.”

Another protest is planned for Monday at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department.

“We just want some answers,” Hill said, about what he called “systematic bureaucracy, dismantling the systems, defunding the police, whatever it takes to fix this inequality that’s been going on for over 400 years.”

He said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins holds some of those answers and they’re willing to go on his turf, on his terms, to get them.

As for further steps, Hill said one is conversation, “sitting down and making local council members listen to our fears, our concerns, our worries. Because if our worries are never heard, … there will never be any action taken behind them. So we want to sit at the table because if you’re not at the table, you’re on your menu and lately it seems like we’ve been on the menu.”

On Sunday before the march, Hill spoke about I Believe In Me, a nonprofit that focuses on “youth development and empowerment through mentorship,” according to their website.

“This time out here, we could be somewhere else,” Hill said. “We could be somewhere teaching these kids how to be young men, respect, consistency, integrity. But instead, we got to bring them out here to keep them aware of what’s going on in our community right now.”

He said he’s asked local and state police to talk to the kids, saying that oftentimes in black homes, “we’re taught ‘f the police,’” but that’s not right.

Hill said the way to “break that cycle” is to get police engaged with youth.

“We get the kids trained at being police officers,” he said. “We take the kids on interventions and show them they’re not the enemy. But sadly, I’ve asked for four years and not one police has ever came into my program and speak to these kids so it doesn’t show me that they want to make it better.”

Hill emphasized that he’s not alone.

“There’s Caucasians, there’s Latinos, there’s a lot of people that are feeling the wrath from this inequality and injustice, so to see the different diversities of people come out, it shows that everybody’s aligning with hope and making it better and coming up with a change rather than running away from it,” he said. “So that’s why we keep coming back.”

He also said they’re not “vigilantes” or “thugs.”

“We’re human beings begging to be treated equally,” he said. “We’ve been out here for six days, no injuries, no arrests. So, that speaks measures upon the purpose of this protest. We just want change, that’s all.”

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urblest

My count on Saturday night @ 10pm was 148 people searching for real change

bosco

Where are the signs protesting the death of David Dorn? [ninja]

phydeaux994

The suspect(s) in Mr. Dorn’s murder have been arrested and charged with 1st degree murder and will face the criminal justice system just like the murderer of Mr. Floyd and his fellow Police Officers. The signs protesting the death of Mr. Floyd are also protesting 400 years of slavery and Racial discrimination by Racists such as yourself bosco, which you continue to campaign for every day. Maybe it is you that needs to change.

bosco

I'm fine Fido, but it's selective outrage that I find interesting. Black thug looting a store kill a black retired police officer guarding the store and there's not much of an outcry. If all black lives matter, then ALL black lives matter. Maybe it's you that needs to change. [beam]

Nancy Day

Gotta love the Richmond, VA klan.. After driving through a crowd of peaceful protesters, one upstanding member proudly proclaimed his allegiance. Gotta give him credit for owning it. It would be interesting (and disturbing), to know how many commentators share, or know someone, that subscribes to a similar dogma.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Republicans who want a packed convention now pretending to care about the safety of protestors contracting C19 a virus which many still claim is a hoax is as about as believable as Trump’s golf handicap.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

When law enforcement agencies stop hiring murdering extremists Americans won’t have to march in public pleading for humanity.

TomWheatley

In the meantime and commenting on the actual article, are people allowed back to back to back protests or to close a street at random? I fully agree with the right to peacefully assemble, but permits have been around for a long time and would have been found unconstitutional by now otherwise.

fnpreader123

I don't know how/why they are getting a permit (at least for the Friday protest) when we can't have more than 10 people gather. Would hate to be a parent of a high school senior who missed having a graduation last week because of this rule, then open up the paper and see the protest pictures the next day.

Hero of Canton

Whether or not COVID-19 restrictions were warranted, most protests and riots we have seen across this nation prove conclusively and indisputably that, at least to elected officials, COVID-19 restrictions are not about public health. Otherwise every protest or riot that involved a violation of COVID-19 related executive orders would have resulted in mass arrests. The fact that these protests are allowed to continue exposes the irrelevancy of every "COVID-19 restriction" still in place. Any elected official that allows documented and continuing behavior of these protestors, even passively through inaction, but doesn't immediately rescind all executive orders related to COVID-19 is an untrustworthy hypocrite that should be removed from office.

Further, one of the grievances extoled by protestors across the nation right now is the injustice of selectively enforced laws. Yet, arresting one group for violating COVID-19 executive orders but allowing another group to violate those same orders exemplifies the problem. In essence, if the protesters really got what they are asking for with their words, they would themselves be arrested since we should not be selectively enforcing laws by targeting one group over another.

phydeaux994

We have yet to see if the large groups of people close together for long periods of time will cause the cases and deaths from COVID-19 to balloon. If they do, we will see if the restrictions were correct or not. Too soon to tell.

Joey Pesto

Here is a great opportunity for the City of Frederick and Frederick County officials to create a task force and invite the organizers of the protest to have a seat, a voice and a vote at the table to make some real positive changes on the issues at hand. Frederick could be a role model for other cities.

phydeaux994

Frederick a role model for Racial Justice?? See if you can get the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) on board for that. I’m sure the “Libs” would be willing to give it a go. Start with the FCSD and go from there.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

There is an epidemic of white supremacists in police departments. Police officers have been identified as members of white supremacist groups in Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. There have been scandals in over 100 different police departments, in over forty different states, in which individual police officers have sent overtly racist emails, texts, or made racist comments via social media. This is a nation-wide problem. It is one that is not limited to just beat officers; some of these shocking occurrences have even involved high-ranking members of their respective police forces. Although the F.B.I. warned of white supremacists infiltrating police departments in 2006, the denial of the problem has only enabled it to continue seemingly unabated

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Over the weekend, a Virginia man was arrested for driving his truck into a crowd of protesters. It has now been revealed that the accused, Harry H. Rogers, is also the head of the Virginia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

A significant portion of cops are veterans yet extremism in military law enforcement is rare unlike the civilian world because the military has the UMCJ and people that commit crimes in the military face real consequences no matter your rank or race. When a cop commits a serious offense in the civilian world it’s the call of a drinking buddy local prosecutor or reluctant federal prosecutor. I must admit I don’t know how I would react if I was a young person raised in an environment that advocated racial violence maybe I’d too join law enforcement and retaliate against those I’ve been conditioned to hate.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

When some republicans brought up the flag and kneeling I thought about the treatment of Islamic terrorists who killed Americans always making it safety back to confinement after surrendering and innocent blacks who were killed during casual encounters with law enforcement. Then it dawned on me that some cops view radical Islamic terrorist with more

charlie1balls

Only God knows what's in the heart. God is not a respecter of persons. We are all of the same blood.

Greg F

God...is fictional.

girlpolitic

Dear FNP:

This is for you.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. No vulgar, racist, sexist or sexually-oriented language.

Engage ideas. This forum is for the exchange of ideas, not personal attacks or ad hominem criticisms.

TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.

Be civil. Don't threaten. Don't lie. Don't bait. Don't degrade others.

“We get the kids trained at being police officers,” he said. “We take the kids on interventions and show them they’re not the enemy. But sadly, I’ve asked for four years and not one police has ever came into my program and speak to these kids so it doesn’t show me that they want to make it better.” Hill emphasized that he’s not alone.

“We teach our kids as we grow up, one bad apple spoils the bunch, what makes it different from the cops,” said Aje Hill, a protest leader and executive director, president and founder of I Believe In Me Inc.

FNP Do you really believe that any law enforcement agency flat out denied a request for a police officer to speak with kids? If you are not sure, did your reporter ask which police agencies had he requested to speak? I suspect not. Did your reporter followup to seek comment from police agencies? Probably not. Where exactly is IBM’s meeting place since the executive director does not reside within the corporate limits of Frederick? To publish such statements, without checking, is unfair. Check your own rules, "Keep it clean / Engage ideas: no personal attacks or ad hominem criticisms -- yet that is all your paper has posted for days.

Be civil. Don't threaten. Don't lie. Don't bait. Don't degrade others.

He said he’s asked local and state police to talk to the kids, saying that oftentimes in black homes, “we’re taught ‘f the police,’” but that’s not right. Did your reporter ask if that is what he was taught as a child or even today, since at 39 he still lives with his parents?

You need reporters like Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun. Luke pursued the truth and found it, corrupt appointed political persons on the UMMS Board and corrupt elected Mayor of Baltimore. As reported in the Daily Record, “Baltimore Sun wins Pulitzer for coverage of Catherine Pugh scandal.”

A 501(c)(3) run by a person with no job; it might be worthwhile to seek inspection of the “non-profits” 990 forms.

NedRyerson

Aje Hill and I Believe In Me, INC... public records requests for FCSO are available here ... https://www.frederickcosheriff.com/public-information-requests

FCSO runs an explorers program for youth here ... https://www.frederickcosheriff.com/explorer-post-1218

For complaints/concerns, FCSO office of policy and compliance is here ... https://www.frederickcosheriff.com/compliments-complaints

Please talk to one another.

TomWheatley

Just curious as to your choice of name and if people know who Ned Ryerson is.

bosco

Ned? Ned Ryerson? .....love it.[thumbup][ninja]

bosco

If, as Hill said, they want answers, I hope they can articulate the question without shouting and rioting. [ninja]

shiftless88

Not a word about rioting here so why do you bring it up? No rioting in DC this weekend, either. You just keep moving the goalposts. Face it, you want the current racism to continue and do not see any efforts to change it as valid.

jsklinelga

sgiftless88

It is easy to lose interest in this comment section. You have the incessant drivel of folks like DLV and comments that lack a shred of truth or meaningful insights such as this comment of yours. Or the one you posted earlier saying President Trump did nothing to save lives. Just false low thought. ramblings.

shiftless88

jsk; I have noticed that when I ask you for direct answers to simple questions you do not answer them. You don't have to. But I am merely responding here wondering why Bosco would even say this. Here is a post about peaceful protesting and he blasts out about rioting. Whether people protest peacefully (kneeling during the anthem) or more forecfully out in the street, I cannot see anything that Bosco thinks is appropriate. Do you?

And of course I never said Trump did nothing to save lives, I said that he did not do much at all. He even said that this is the responsibility of the governors. He did not do zero, but he did almost nothing that experts recommended (pandemic playbook) and in some cases he actually made the problem worse (Feds taking supplies states purchased). So it is debatable if he saved or cost more lives. Where is your analysis?

Greg F

Please elaborate on what trumpity did to "save lives" that doesn't involve hiding in a bunker in a basement (which probably saved more than anything, really). He has done nothing but aggravate every situation he is involved with and pose for photo ops with bibles as some sort of trophy for the mantelpiece for his participation. For any one you come up with, anyone out there that isn't a rabid Fox chaser can point out many to the opposite of helping anyone.

phydeaux994

So lose interest forever jsk, just don’t participate. Simple, common sense solution. BTW, Trump is putting his own re-election above any effort to restrict the lives lost to COVID-19. BTW2, do you still believe that the GREAT DIVIDE in America has nothing to do do with RACISM, as you have told me over and over and over and over so rudely in the past??? Just ask in’. Peace. ✌️

bosco

My point was that legitimate dialogue and questions get drowned out when there is riotng and looting dominating the media reports. If the Frederick protestors have a question for law enforcement, they should articulate it peaceably and not by throwing a brick through a shop window. [ninja]

phydeaux994

All of the media coverage for the last week or so has been about PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THE NATION. The looting and rioting has diminished greatly after the first week, mostly by the push back by Protestors for Racial Justice. Quit making stuff up bosco, just admit you HATE the Protesters and what they are Protesting for.😷

bosco

What did I make up, Fido? Quit projecting and putting words in my mouth. Are you happy with the riots and looting? Is that something to be proud of and support? What's your choice - law and order or anarchy? [ninja]

shiftless88

And if police stopped tear gassing peaceful protesters then legitimate dialogue and questions wouldn't get drowned out. I understand what you mean but found it to be an odd comment on an article that only discusses a peaceful protest (note that most of the protests this weekend were absolutely massive and peaceful). So what why would you say that when it doesn't appear to be an issue here?

phydeaux994

My choice bosco is peaceful protest. Many of the looters and rioters are friends of yours, the Boogaloo Bois posing as Antifa, operating in the dark of night and opposed by all good people, including me and my family and friends. On the Count of three, stop RACISM! 1....2....3 🖐

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jwhamann

Please don't blame the runaway horse in that other instance when it 'plowed' through crowd of protesters.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

I know there a good white cops on the streets because as a boy in Appalachia I remember a white cop with a confederate flag on his vehicle escorting black children to a segregated school. I remember this because of the mob of white parents reminding him of it and questioning his loyalty. I want to see more white cops like this titan who inspired me to serve my country in the military

Hollowed Ground

Expect Trump to claim he had nothing to do with the gassing of peaceful protesters, that it was all Barr's idea, and that black people love him so much Floyd himself would have voted for him if he wasn't dead. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, America's coronavirus deaths hit 112,000 as Trump's ineptitude continues. Heading for the forecast 200,000 after all. Hope those restaurant dishes are worth it.

Chuck Jenkins

Didn’t they say the deaths would reach into the millions in America? Pretty sure we did a lot to slow the spread thanks the Pres. Trump and no thanks the terrible Gov of NY who sent infected people back into the nursing homes.

shiftless88

Chuckles; that estimate is if we did nothing. Basically Trump did nothing. He handed all responsibility to the governors.

prg45fan

shifty,Gosh doesn't the 10th A address those issues that the States deal with BEFORE the Feds. get involved. Didn't those States (Democrat) spend all their reserve money INCLUDING money the Feds already distributed to those States pandering to the illegals as well as other nefarious actions (late term abortion) that worked AGAINST America First? Oh and china lied from the beginning with the help of WHO and the activist 'reporters' that covered for china's lies.

shiftless88

prg45plan; you cannot have it both ways. You cannot say "Trump saved us" and "it is the responsibility of the states". It is a logical inconsistency.

User1

Guess you forgot when all the governors “cried” when Trump said he was going to take action. Especially people like Don Cuomo “that’s a state’s responsibility”. So trump says “fine, do it”. And your crying why again?

prg45fan

You cannot say "Trump saved us" okaaaaaay. Where did I say that? You sure do like putting words into peoples mouths.

Dwasserba

Cuomo admits his mistakes.

prg45fan

They usually double down on the lies to make it look like they accept guilt for their blatant lies.

Greg F

Chuckee Cheese....trump single-handedly cost more lives by claiming the whole COVID thing was a "democratic hoax" vs doing anything else to save lives. The numbers are less than if we did zero, but far more than if he would have acted instead of stalled, battled the media and scientists and ignored calls from PPE vendors for assistance that made it right here in the USA. Then he kept on name-calling everyone and eventually shelved the updates because he couldn't contribute anything and sidelined anyone who had a voice of reason so he could peddle his snake oil drug he was advised not to take....which took even more lives along with those taken and injured he told to inject sanitizer. Get real chuck....he's as big of a boob as there has ever been in any office of power except Boss Hogg.

fnpreader123

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/08/asymptomatic-coronavirus-patients-arent-spreading-new-infections-who-says.html

newspostreader

Where were all of these people at the last Presidential election? I hope they've learned they need to come out and vote this time.

Hollowed Ground

Many will discover they have been purged. Sad!

prg45fan

They won't know, they are dead.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Obama and the FBI has known for years that radical racial domestic terrorists are infiltrating law enforcement targeting and killing blacks.

In 2015, a classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide, obtained by The Intercept, stated that “domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers.”

DeplorableLocalVeteran

How can a county that’s 11% black not have a single black deputy for Pete’s Sake Fox has blacks, the GOP has a black senator and even Trump has a black on his cabinet.

User1

There you go with those lies again FakeVet. Keep posting and keep getting deleted.

C.D.Reid

As I've said User, I don't waste my time reading FakeVet's comments anymore. He claims some reason for not being able to organize his thoughts, but I don't see why he can't write a thought down in a word document, add another when it comes to mind, then another, then another, and then copy and paste them all into one post here instead of one or two liners over and over and over again. Between all those comments, and the lies contain within, I'll not be bothered reading them.

TomWheatley

Maybe trying for that Lead Commenter tag that some people are so proud of and not commenting on this article as of yet??

bnick467

As evidenced by dozens of cellphone videos, it's the cops who make the first strike at these protests in an effort to change the narrative from "peaceful assemly" to "riot". I'm glad to see the local police have not done anything to instigate these peaceful protesters. . Let's hope that Sheriff Jenkins and his deputies keep their racism in check and do the same.

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steelersfan2005

that was on May 31, not last Saturday.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

A car barreled through a police barricade Sunday evening and into a crowd of Seattle, Washington protesters, the driver then flashed his gun and appears to have shot a man.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Unbelievably Russians are now pressuring Trump into to giving a speech on race relations in America in fear they won’t get sanctions lifted under a democratic administration. That’s right a communist nation is lecturing the president how to run a democracy.

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