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Justice for Humanity Walk expecting to draw large crowds at Cascades Park

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 18:36:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More than 1,000 people, from demonstrators to faith leaders, are expected at Cascades Park for Wednesday's Justice for Humanity walk.

They'll gather in the hopes of finding a way to end violence.

One of the organizers of the walk, Raven Wise, says she doesn't want to call it a protest. It's meant as a justice for humanity peace walk, for people to come to a common ground after what happened to George Floyd.

Wise says even though she's not black, she wants to be an ally to the African American community. Critics have bashed this protest, which is compliant with police and the city, calling it "white-washed."

Wise says she's not going to let that hurt the message.

She says she might not have all the answers, but she wants to bring together the people who do.

"We have taken some steps when it comes to body cams and things of that sort, but we definitely need more guidance and more authority when it comes to law enforcement," said Wise.

"It's about the contents of the heart," Juna Esperance, a co-organizer, said. "There definitely needs to be some type of re-training. I think all police officers need to be re-trained. Anyone who's a police officer now, get into that re-training."

People attending the walk will be able to register to vote, listen to guest speakers and pray alongside local pastors.

It begins at 7 p.m. at the Capitol, then people will gather at the park until about 9 p.m. The county curfew remains in effect, beginning at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.