Dare Minority Coalition organizes June 9 demonstration

By on June 1, 2020

Event intended as memorial to victims of police violence

As protests over the killing of George Floyd spread throughout the country, the Dare Minority Coalition has received a permit from the Town of Manteo to organize a peaceful gathering on June 9 to silently honor those who have lost their lives this year to police violence.

Coalition Executive Director George Carver told the Voice that the gathering, which will begin at 5 p.m. along the sidewalks of U.S. 64, is being held with the support of the Manteo Police Department. A moment of silence will be held to honor each of those individuals.

“This is going to be a peaceful demonstration…to acknowledge those who actually passed from police violence this year, which at the moment is thirteen or fourteen people,” said Carver, noting that their names and photos will be displayed during the demonstration, along with “Black Lives Matter” signs.

The event’s announcement on social media says: “Bring your signs. Bring your passion. Bring your families to show we can all live peacefully and lawfully together. Please, no drama, fighting or destruction of property. This isn’t that type of event. It’s in memorandum to all those who have departed this life unnecessarily. This is about honoring them.”

Carver said organizers originally anticipated that about 100 people would attend the event, but based on the initial response, he anticipates there could be as many as 300 to 400 people in attendance. Participants are asked to bring signs and socially distance along U.S. 64 in the area of Chelsea Mall and the College of the Albemarle campus. That includes wearing masks and maintaining a distance of six feet from one another to avoid coronavirus spread.

Carver said speakers will include himself and possibly Manteo Police Chief Vance Haskett or Town Manager James Ayers as well as Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie. Other members of the community may also be asked to offer remarks, he said.

“Everybody’s on board and I talked to Doug Dowdy this morning as well and we got their support,” Carver noted.

“We want to do something peaceful, on a positive note, to acknowledge those that lost their lives,” he said, noting that to avoid any “negative intentions,” the demonstration will be wrapped up by nightfall.  The event is expected to last between an hour and an hour and a half, he added.


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  • Roadrunner

    I was passed by a vehicle coming here today with license plates from GA. It had a sign in the window “Black Lives Matter”. That’s fine. I just hope that we don’t end up with radicals from elsewhere coming here to act like anarchists during these gathering.

    Monday, Jun 1 @ 4:44 pm
  • Seal

    Peaceful ?????
    If it is it will be the first one !!!

    Monday, Jun 1 @ 6:37 pm
  • rob

    During one of MHS Graduation Days.

    Nice work Manteo….

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 9:21 am
  • Travis

    Good grief have the organizers of the protest not learned a thing in the last few months from the anti-maskers? You need to get your biggest guns, put on your best Sunday Survivalist Suits, storm the statehouse, yell in the faces of the cops trying to maintain order and demand your constitutional rights be recognized. Exactly zero white people have been killed in those “peaceful” protests and lo, the country is opening back up again!

    Take a page, fam. Take a page.

    Note: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This advice is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any violation of your rights. Results may vary.

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 10:19 am
  • Dethrol

    Can I get details on the last time a law enforcement officer from any of the constabularies represented in Dare County perpetrated “police violence” against the citizenry? I’ve spent several hours looking for news reports, videos, court documents, anything, for evidence of anyone “passing” or for ANY other evidence of “police violence” here. Rather than a protest, we should have a parade to thank OUR law enforcement personnel for their service and sacrifice to our communities.

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 12:04 pm
  • Lil Johnny

    Where is all the Croatan Transplant Tribe outrage!!!!! You will potentially let people come in to create animosity and potential property damage but you want let a legal property owner that pays taxes access their own property. “Property Owner Lives Matter”

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 12:43 pm
  • Gloria

    We don’t need a march down here. This is one place where we get a respite from the rest of the world. Can’t we stay removed from it?

    Tuesday, Jun 2 @ 9:04 pm
  • Holly

    Congratulations Manteo in standing up for Racial Injustice! I live in New York City and have marched in 2 peaceful protests this week. (The news stations are sensationalizing the looting.) Looters are separate from peaceful protesters. Totally separate. Wish I could be there on June 9!

    Wednesday, Jun 3 @ 11:58 am
  • Right Hook

    To God ALL Lives Matter! This time of reflecting on the value of life should include not only the victims of isolated police actions but also the 920 police who have lost their lives in service to our nation just this year, the victims of Covid, the Pre-Born and, yes, all Life!

    Wednesday, Jun 3 @ 12:12 pm
  • scales of balance

    @Gloria, I think Thomas Paine best answers your question:
    “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself”.

    Thursday, Jun 4 @ 11:30 am
  • Dethrol

    @scales of balance
    Interesting choice, Paine… Here’s a Paine answer that’s more to the point: “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetuated in the name of the noblest causes.”

    Thursday, Jun 4 @ 4:32 pm
  • Joe

    “victims of police violence” ?? uh.. ok. How bout a day to pay respect to police who protect the community every day 365 days a year? Especially during a time like this. Those participating and jumping on the bandwagon, please keep it quiet and vandal free. People are keeping a watch on this, and poised to respond if necessary.

    Thursday, Jun 4 @ 7:42 pm
  • Tom

    Just remember that many other ‘peaceful protests’ have been co-opted by antifa. Folks need to remember that the antifa rioters go to other states to cause their mayhem.
    Keep an eye out folks.

    Thursday, Jun 4 @ 10:10 pm
  • Wahoo

    We had armed checkpoints for Covid. This is same or greater threat to public health.

    The unfortunate track-record associated with BLM, Antifa, FTP, etc is violence combined with no social distancing and complete disregard for public health and safety.

    We need strong policing and officers who protect and serve. We need honest residents, business, property owners and renters. We have that here on OBX.

    Respect.

    Strapped Wahoo

    Saturday, Jun 6 @ 10:18 pm