Below is a rolling blog of updates from the March for Justice protest scheduled for downtown Frederick. Check back here and follow reporters Ryan Marshall (@RMarshallFNP) and Jeremy Arias (@Jarias_Prime) on Twitter for updates, along with photographers Bill Green (@FNP_Green) and Graham Cullen (FNP_Cullen).

8:30 p.m. 

Thousands of protesters traveled down onto the Interstate, briefly shutting down I-70 interstate in both directions, and part of I-70 and Md. 85 before walking back into town.

7:20 p.m.

Speeches have concluded at Baker Park and the crowd has started to disperse.

7:10 p.m.

Thousands are still gathered at Baker Park as speeches continue.

6:45 p.m.

Multiple speakers addressed the crowd at the Baker Park bandshell:

Frederick Mayor Michael O'Connor: "I am tired, but not as tired as you of a system that has worked against you for 400 years ... I hear you, I see you and black lives matter."

Organizer Gabrael Moore: "All lives matter once our lives matter."

Organizer Amiyah Spencer: "Why do I have to fear for my life and they do not? Why do I have to fear for my life based on something as insignificant as the color of my skin? ... I can be in fear if you have a gun to my head. But why are you in fear if you're holding the gun?"

6:30 p.m. 

Bentz Street has been reopened at 2nd Street, but is still closed westbound past the Talley Recreation Center. 

6:10 p.m.

Patrick Grossman, Frederick's acting police chief, said it's difficult to estimate a crowd size at Baker Park, but added it is probably larger than the women's marches in recent years. Grossman added it's one of the largest protests he's seen in his 23 years in Frederick.

5:50 p.m.

More people are filtering into Baker Park. Organizers estimated that thousands of people attended today's event. Bentz Street is closed to traffic between Rockwell and Patrick streets, city officials reported.

5:45 p.m.

Another wave of protesters is marching through downtown.

5:30 p.m.

Protesters have made it to Baker Park. City officials announced Klineharts Avenue at 3rd Street is closed to traffic.

5:10 p.m.

Marchers started traveling from Mullinix Park through downtown Frederick, en route to Baker Park. County and city officials also announced 2nd Street is closed to traffic between Market Street and Baker Park.

5:05 p.m.

City and county officials announce Market Street is closed from Carroll Creek through 2nd Street, and motorists on cross streets will not be able to pass Market Street right now. 

4:45 p.m.

Protesters can be heard chanting "No Justice, No Peace!" and "Black Lives Matter!" among others as hundreds gather in Mullinix Park. 

4:30 p.m.

Protesters have gathered at Mullinix Park in downtown Frederick, including many local clergy members, and organizers have delayed the start of the march to 6 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Organizers said the march is still planned to start at 5 p.m. Heavy thunderstorms rolled through downtown Frederick as some protesters near Market and Patrick streets waved signs and chanted "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace!

2:35 p.m.

March organizers said they'll march in the rain, but not in thunderstorms. They'll have a final decision by about 3 p.m. on whether to delay or postpone the march, they added. 

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

Allen Etzler is a city editor at the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at aetzler@newspost.com.

(121) comments

georgeb

the '34%' will never get it.....we are stronger together

jayel86

Nothing about this country or humanity equals 'together', the 100% seem to miss that.

jayel86

Instead of tear gas the police should start burning massive amounts of mj and send it towards the crowds, then some light electro instrumental music over the loud speaker and maybe they'll stop and fine they're inner love child again.

sevenstones1000

Or the cops could just toke up before they head out on a shift, and maybe they won’t feel the need to kill people.

jayel86

You can't blame all the men in blue for one man's actions. That's why this is ridicules.

Hayduke2

Can you blame all protestors for the few who turn to violence?

prg45fan

duck, how can so many blame all law abiding gun owners for the acts of a lunatic with a gun? Same thing only different subject. Or even blaming all muslims for the ones that cut off the heads of infidels. Same theory Right?

chris

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jayel86

All the protesters are protesting those not being punished. It makes no sense when you take a step back and look at it.

jayel86

In a way, its just another form of racism.

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threecents

I didn't follow Jethro's train of thought either.

niceund

The so-called mayor of Frederick is a real piece of work. He acts like he cares but he boards up City Hall.

threecents

Niceund,

Is that supposed to make sense to a reasonable person?

sevenstones1000

THe protesters are fine and welcome. Unfortunately, there are unrelated opportunists who use some of these large crowds as cover to destroy and steal. The movement leaders hate these criminals, too, so the mayor was actually helping them control the bad behavior.

Jaco

I get it. It’s sort of like a hypocritical, playing both sides, CYA move... very typical. No hutzpah. It looked like only the windows on the first floor of the front side of City Hall were boarded-up from the inside so all of the window in panes could still be broken out or you could go around the corner of the building to where there are no boards. Strange. Written by Mike Spurrier

prg45fan

Photo op?

armillary

Good job today, people! Now register and VOTE!

prg45fan

Yes! Vote for America First.

CheetoBenito

Great. You're voting Biden!

prg45fan

[lol] @frito

Rockfish

No mercy for those on I-70. They were given a good part of the City and venturing onto I-70 is unacceptable!

sevenstones1000

You think people should drive over them?

Greg F

I was part of a protest in the 80s in WI that shut down I-94. Similar circumstances as to why. All college students, majority white. Bet you have no problems there. 1st time in the state’s history.

pilot25

So social distancing is officially over, right?

Robbbobb4863

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threecents

I was there for part of it, and everyone I saw had masks and gave each other some space. It was outside, so not so dangerous. It was very peaceful and inclusive. So many more people than I expected, especially with the rain. I am proud of how far Frederick and the whole country has come lately. No doubt haters got to hate in forums like this, but hopefully we don't take a step back after moving two steps forward.

Greg F

Take a closer look at the pictures and video out there. Many maskless.

jayel86

Apparently yes. The mob wins.

Greg F

Well, for those too stupid to follow what is going to keep the virus from getting a new hold. If you’re one that was out arm in arm hand in hand marching and maskless, there is a certain amount of hypocrisy in saying you care about others. Plenty of pictures of maskless hugs, and many essentially attached to the next person they were so close.

Mookei

I’m just trying to figure out how my name is in this article as giving a comment when I’m not even at the protest nor did I personally make a comment, I need my name (Keisha Bowman-Moore) taken out of that article!

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User1

A key point made by the “organizer” Gabrael Moore - “all lives matter ONCE OUR LIVES MATTER“. Why should YOURS matter more than MINE? All lives should matter equally! This is active discrimination!

Lev928

Can anyone explain why an organization based upon false ideology (Black Lives Matter .. "hands up don't shoot") actively engage in protests and riots that support criminals? Why do they not protest (and riot) like this when a black cop kills a black suspect? In fact, why do they riot at all? They destroy their own cities, assault innocent bystanders, set businesses on fire, loot (steal/theft), illegally block roads, attack the police and commit countless additional crimes ... the list goes on.

The ideology of ANY protester or rioter in this case is without question invalid. Justice has already been served by the Minneapolis cop being fired and arrested (albeit while violating his Constitutional and legal rights to due process).

I'm also confused about white people that join in these BLM protests. This issue is not about them, nor have ANY affect on their lives. The current trend of politicians and law enforcement leaders persecuting cops without completing a thorough investigation WILL come to an end ... and so will organizations like BLM that support the criminal element in this country. Neither a group nor individual can change the fact that this country has a Constitution and laws. Protesting and rioting in violation of the Constitution and/or laws will get them NOWHERE!

sevenstones1000

You sound very sad and angry, Lev. You could start by educating yourself. There is a great deal of information on every question you’ve asked.

But first, try to separate the organized legit protesters from the opportunistic criminals who loot stores under the cover of a large protest. You know, like you separate the few “bad apples” from the rest of the police.

Jim Hartley

Well and economically put, seven. Thank you.

Greg F

Lev is oblivious.

Lev928

Well, seven and Greg ... I'm not as "oblivious" as you might assume. My statements are fact, not opinion. Too bad you can't say that about the overwhelming majority of commenters on here. The difference is that I have a real-world education, training and experience on this topic. My statements are not political nor racial ... solely facts.

Calling me sad and angry is bluntly contradictory and inaccurate. Calling me "oblivious" is most certainly from a person in denial -- or inexperience -- of reality.

My statements come from three decades of formal education, training and experience with history, law, sociology, criminology, behavioral science, politics and law enforcement. And, no, I'm not a cop. What happened to George Lloyd was criminal, and the cop that committed the fatal assault is rightfully being prosecuted. However, his firing and arrest was handled completely against the U.S. Constitution and law. Due process did not exist in this case, just as it has been violated in other criminal cases against cops in recent years (Baltimore, for example). The point is that an organization such as Black Lives Matter ... and people that rally around it ... are clearly denying the reality of criminality and individual incidents. In fact, they and their supporters (regardless of race) have been supporting criminals instead of the Constitution and law. The ideology and actions of protesters -- particularly the rioters ... show a clear lack of personal accountability and responsibility. Individual actions? Yes. Group motivation? Yes. Pack mentality? Of course. There needs to be -- has been and will be -- individual accountability for the riots. The First Amendment does not protect rioters. It also does not protect racially-motivated protests that engage in, or encourage, such criminal behavior. Again ... facts. I'm not racist, and as I said that cop in Minneapolis was wrong, both criminally and in violation of his oath. So, to persecute, attack and decry an entire country of cops is plain wrong. And the way it's being done has been mostly criminal. So, to protest a criminal act by being a criminal does not work. In fact, it creates the opposite affect.

Hayduke2

What a great turn out of people! From my vantage, peaceful and respective.

MRS M

Lev, yes, as you admit (well, that's a start) you are confused, and it's pretty sad. First, there is a difference between protesting and rioting. Check out the first Amendment, should you like to be enlightened. Secondly, today's video of the 75 yo caucasian protester being pushed over and critically injured by the police in Buffalo should be enough to enable you to understand that police brutality affects us all...not just our minority neighbors, friends and family.. Finally, don't be so sure in your couched arrogance that these protests will have no impact. The world is watching. The pictures of this ongoing brutality, captured by onlookers, are worth one thousand words. And the true ugly American sitting in the Oval Office only promotes violence and division, with about 75% of all Americans disapproving of the way he has handled the protests. Should you be so inclined to wish to live in a militaristic society where non-violent protests are crushed with police batons and beatings, tear gas, and the US Army, keep your head in the sand, with your ignorance protected until they come for you.

Lev928

MRS M ... you are another commenter that turns it into a political ideology rather than a realistic one. As for "couched arrogance", unlike you and the rest of the political commentors, I've been in the field -- in the real world -- dealing with these issues for decades. It's not political nor racial. It's ideological. Unfortunately, you are suffering from corrupt ideology and blaming it on politicians and politics in general.

As for you, Greg, you're obviously far disconnected from reality. Fox News is irrelevant to me.

MRS M

lev, I'm afraid your issues go well beyond your self-admitted "confusion".. In addition, you've jumped to the erroneous conclusion that only you have "been in the field". Hence, again, such misplaced arrogance,knowing nothing about the training of others, yet coloring your judgement, understanding, and refusal to see police brutality for what it is. Take another look at the elderly caucasian protester in Buffalo, bleeding from his severe head injury. Ideolgy? Or brutality that is sickening America? Listen to the lie told to the press before the video surfaced. And understand why a majority of Americans find this despicable, and are continuing to protest. Sorry for your rancor, misery, and failure to see.

prg45fan

[yawn] @m&m

duffy5x

How can you be so completely clueless?

CheetoBenito

He’s ObLevious!

Greg F

Lev...stop watching Fox News. It is not real.

prg45fan

Nor is LSM gf, it's a leftist propaganda machine. Crawl out from moms basement.

wran

I agree that black lives matter. But, the greatest threat to a black life comes from another black. not a police person. About 95 percent of the blacks shot, stabbed, and maimed, kicked and beaten comes from other black people. Why is this so? So, I ask: If black lives matter, why is most of the brutality against blacks being done by o blacks?

Rockfish

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prg45fan

wran, It's all about the narrative. Your examples don't fit in the box.

Robbbobb4863

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threecents

Lev, After writing that you should consider the words of Drew Brees the day after he criticized kneeling silently during the anthem: "I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening...and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness."

phydeaux994

Lev, the protests are about Racial Justice for 400 years of slavery, Jim Crowe Laws, denying Education, Housing, Jobs, Healthcare, and equal opportunity to Black people which people like you want to keep in place. People across the Nation, including a majority of White people, want to rid our great Country of Racial discrimination and oppression. Why don’t you???

Hayduke2

Lev - the whole thing seems to be going right over your head.

CheetoBenito

Quite possible. ObLevious is a man of short stature. Tiny little babydoll hands.

Greg F

Lev trying to paint all protesters as rioters when the reality is it is a very tiny percent that are there only because they aren’t really there to protest so much as to profit by destruction and looting. A typical right wing gaslighting. And if you’re confused about why white people are in the protests, you really lack any comprehension or ability to express compassion for others. And your concerned about prosecuting cops who more than not got off lightly or completely due to a slanted judicial system...says volumes about you, Lev. You are why they protest. Clueless and ignorant.

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AEM7578

Been injured or killed by the rioters?

bosco

If you are going to bother to wear a mask, it should cover your nose as well. [ninja]

Robbbobb4863

[beam]

Greg F

Exactly, B.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Black cops don’t brutalize white Americans because they aren’t protected by white entitlement

DeplorableLocalVeteran

White cops are slamming 75 year old unarmed frail white men to the ground because they are mentally bankrupt

User1

Sorry FakeVet, the police were advancing and the male was advancing on the police holding his phone out filming. He was actively seeking a confrontation. Check the video. And also notice where he tried to take one of the cops nightsticks. Probably an dementia patient escaped from a nursing home.

Robbbobb4863

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Hayduke2

User - A man sees what he wants to see and disregards the rest. You sir, must have watched a different video than the one I saw.

prg45fan

Because the two were suspended the entire police force of Buffalo resigned. 57 officers.

Hayduke2

No, they did not resign from the police force, only the special unit they were in.

prg45fan

That 75 year old was an agitator. I saw the same thing. I thought he was going for the gun.

Greg F

PRG...I hope that’s sarcasm...if not it’s really a sad statement about you.

Greg F

U1 the man was standing still. They shoved him, watched him bleed into the sidewalk unconscious and walked away. Are you blind or just one of the reasons they are protesting in the first place? I say the latter.

sevenstones1000

A lot of white people. Nearly all of them.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Russia’s foreign ministry, for its part, lamented “a real tragedy, an American tragedy” and demanded that Washington protect the rights of its own citizens instead of constantly finding fault in Russia.

Lemmy

The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database. That indeed supports the fact that all lives matter.

bosco

But Lemmy, that doesn't support the paradigm of the left. The left wants blacks kept in the victim mode to support their failed social policies and dependent on them for crumbs. It's time for blacks to empower blacks for success instead of holding each other back for fear of "acting white". I'd rather be black and independent on my own than black and beholden to the Democrats. [ninja]

Robbbobb4863

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CheetoBenito

Hey Robb. Marinick doesn’t like you using all of the “thumbs up”. The FNP only gives out so many a month. Be very judicious with them!

threecents

Bosco, You should work for the Russians as a drone button pusher.

prg45fan

zero, wasn't it your close personal friend that said "I'm real good at killing people"? Who was that masked man? It wasn't[batman]

Hayduke2

Troll!

Bosco I know math isn’t your strong suit but blacks make up 14% of the population and nine unarmed were murdered by cops, that we know of, while whites make up 61% of the population and 19 unarmed were murdered by cops, do the math. Who’s more likely to be murdered by cop? Nobody should be.

Policing will have to change in America, NOW.

bosco

See Lemmy's comments.

prg45fan

Now do the population make up in the cities where they were born and raised before they were murdered. I'm sure you can find other beneath the surface factors involved.

Greg F

Lemming warped the stats as usual and AW is on him rightly so. It’s painfully clear he’s one of the ones who is pro cop abuse.

prg45fan

So when "Crazy" joe said "They want to put you back in chains" He was actually talking about HIS pollical party. That makes a lot more sense to me.

AEM7578

Why doesnt anybody care about all the people black white asian latino that have

prg45fan

Narrative AEM. It's keeps the Division within communities so everyone is fighting amongst themselves.

Robbbobb4863

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threecents

Lemmy, How many did they choke out?

Lemmy

2018 African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population. For every unarmed black person shot to death by police, more than 700 were murdered by someone else — usually someone they know.

Police aren't the danger to blacks. Other blacks are the danger to blacks.

C.D.Reid

Here's a young lady who has a mind of her own and knows what she's talking about:

https://youtu.be/JtPfoEvNJ74

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C.D.Reid

Hate it when a fellow black person has views different from your liberal ones, don't you, fido?

phydeaux994

Where did you see that I disagreed with her? It’s the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) that I disagree with. Time for you folks to stop FEARING those that you have never interacted with in your cloistered, narrow world. They are people, just like you, looking for White Supremacists to get their knees off their necks. 400 years of Oppression and Racism is enough. You are not Superior to ANYBODY CD, nor are your friends. Peace. ✌️😷

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Greg F

Like these ones here... https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/06/05/buffalo-police-push-elderly-man-to-ground-jba-orig.cnn/video/playlists/protests-george-floyd-death/

Lemmy

Police getting beaten by fire extiguisher...

https://youtu.be/0dEclh3iLe0

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xJacky1

Hey dog, I believe your twisted narrative has unraveled before your eyes based on Rosenstein’s testimony. I understand J Edgar Comey the lawbreaker is your hero, along with the other gaggle of liars that made up Barrack’s team.

User1

And he STILL thinks lying Hillary should have won!

phydeaux994

🦧🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑😂🤣✌️

olefool

All them so called liars can't hold a stick compared to the lies of trump.

jwhamann

What do all these protesters have against the justice of the peace?

CheetoBenito

Crickets.......

jwhamann

...and violins on TV?

CheetoBenito

more crickets......

threecents

And Russian jewelry. JW, Don't quit your day job.

Greg F

How about things like this where a 75yr old man is pushed to the ground and then the Buffalo PD tries to cover it up....then 50+ quit because the pushing cops get suspended. It’s nauseating they did this then just continue in like nothing happened while the guy is blessing into the sidewalk. Justice of the corrupt peace... https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/06/05/buffalo-police-push-elderly-man-to-ground-jba-orig.cnn/video/playlists/protests-george-floyd-death/

User1

Sorry for your bad eyesight. The video clearly shows the police line advancing and the man advancing towards the police line holding his camera out. Clearly looking for a confrontation. And the police and military are taught not to break ranks while advancing, that’s why the medics are at the rear as in this case. Check out the video and you will also see where he tried to grab one of the officers club.

They won’t be cops anymore.

Greg F

Sorry for your racist blinders that didn’t see the reverse angle view that fox didn’t show where they shoved a standing still man. Blind, deaf and stupid kid no way to go through life, son.

bosco

I watched that video several times. It appears that the guy made a move that the cop perhaps interpreted that was a reach for his gun or nightstick. The guy got shoved back and stumbled. He was not pushed to or slammed to the ground as some claim. He was the aggressor when he moved toward the cops. Good thing there is video evidence. [ninja]

prg45fan

They want to keep the Division of America going.

CheetoBenito

I predict the skies will clear and a rainbow appears at 5:00pm!

Yot1988

You were wrong

CheetoBenito

Trump told me it was a big, beautiful rainbow. The biggest ever seen, they say. A big, wonderful rainbow. You dare question the Dear Leader?? AG Barr would like to have a word with you!!!!!

prg45fan

[yawn] @frito

Greg F

And by trumpydumb’s predictions a miracle will happen and it will all go away.

prg45fan

By looking at all the togetherness that is on display it appears it has all but went away.

C.D.Reid

And when the sun goes down and it's dark in town, who will be coming out? Protesters or rioters?

duffy5x

The only people we have to worry about are trump's drooling minions.

C.D.Reid

So, you're saying we don't have to worry about all the radical Lefties and Antifa garbage who have been trashing our cities, huh duffy? Boy, you're a prime example of just how clueless a sheeple can be...…

prg45fan

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