Black Lives Matter protest, what's next

Alanah Ventroy, of Bloomington, gives a speech during the Black Lives Matter protest at Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center. Ventroy took a knee during the national anthem before a volleyball game at Bloomington High School in 2017 and faced community backlash over her actions.

Few can remember a larger rally about social justice in Victoria than the Black Lives Matter march June 7.

Jim Wyatt, Victoria’s first black City Council member, said the only one that rivaled the size came after a 1967 Texas Southern University police raid.

Fifty-three years after Victoria residents gathered to protest a police raid on a student dorm at the historically black university in Houston, hundreds of locals, including Wyatt’s grandson, gathered to join the nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Mark Rosenberg reports on rural community life for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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Mark Rosenberg writes about rural community life for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Refugio counties. Questions or tips? Contact: mrosenberg@vicad.com or call 361-574-1264.

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Grace Butler

Wow, I'm so disappointed in Deputy Boyd and his reaction to the peaceful protest. A frustrating example that LEO members can and do contribute to the charged and distrustful atmosphere around these protests.

Daniel Lopez

Bills/laws are being passed for sweeping police reform laws. Police reform, Defund the Police, increased accountability among law enforcement conduct...BUT, no one is addressing the root of the problem..."THE CRIMINAL". If the criminal wasn't in the process of criminal activity, the Officers would never have been involved.

Where did it start...In schools, students are disruptive, disregarding discipline ( to obey rules or a code of behavior), fighting with Teachers. The Teachers, School Security and even Law Officers when they try to subdue the students, what is shown is the actions of administrators. Never what led up to the incident. The administrators are disciplined/fired. No accountability for the actions of the students. Later in life, if they make it that far, The adult is still not held accountable for his actions, openly resisting or refusing to obey, resisting arrest which is a criminal charge. The criminal is honored as a martyr/saint for his criminal activity and the Law Officers are sent to prison. Instead of funding a police department for our security we hinder them and still condone the criminals behavior. The role of the parents needs to be reaffirmed. Committing a Crime and accountability is never addressed.

Glenn Wilson

Daniel, well said.

Mike Gomez

Not necessary Daniel Lopez. Many of those who were shot were being questioned and had committed no criminal activity....I don’t know of anyone who condones criminal activity but I for one and for “let the punishment fit the crime.”

Daniel Lopez

George Floyd, using a counterfeit bill. Eric Garner, had been arrested by the NYPD more than 30 charges such as assault, resisting arrest, and grand larceny. He was selling unlicensed cigarettes at time of death. Michael Brown Jr., video from a nearby store that showed Mr. Brown assaulted a worker and taking cigarillos minutes before the shooting. Brown attacked Wilson in his police vehicle for control of Wilson's gun. Please keep me honest, and show people shot while not resisting arrest or that police had not been called. Thanks

KIM PICKENS

We have a great opportunity to unite a diverse group here in Victoria to create positive change that will allow our community to grow and thrive.

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