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Peace and safety mark Tallahassee's third day of protests

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 23:10:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Peaceful protests in Tallahassee continue for the third day and there is no sign of stopping.

City and faith leaders started the week off praying for peaceful protests and demonstrators marched across the city.

"We pray for peace," said pastor Judy Mandrell. "We pray for unity. Lead us in guidance."

Mayor John Dailey says nonviolent demonstrations are what sets the Capitol City apart.

"One thing that, if you notice what's going on around the country, that separates Tallahassee is we do it peacefully," said Tallahassee mayor John Dailey.

As protesters continued that trend for the third day, health experts like Dr. Henry Lewis say they must be careful when gathering in big crowds.

"I think we’ve got to make sure the people that are protesting at least have a handkerchief, or a mask or something over their face," Lewis said.

Lewis says this is uncharted territory to be in the middle of a pandemic with protests growing by the day.

"I am concerned that we may be putting ourselves in a situation where we are increasing the possibility of us contracting COVID-19," said Lewis.

One protester says wearing a mask is a major part of a peaceful protest.

"We need to wear these masks to kind of maintain that kind of safety net," Xzeenon Gomez said. "And at the end of the day, its our responsibility as young people."

The number of protesters has decreased from over the weekend, but people say they will be out here everyday for as long as they can.