Dozens join peaceful rally for racial justice in Scranton

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The fight for justice for George Floyd and others moved this afternoon into Northeastern Pennsylvania.

NEPA for Change and Put People First hosted a peaceful social distance protest in Lackawanna County.

More than 100 people were gathered here outside city hall. The demand was clear: Protesters want justice and they want to put a stop to racism.

Looking through the crowd in downtown Scranton, you see many signs with different messages but all asking for the same thing.

“We want justice, we want equality, we want police brutality to not be here any more,” said Cody Day of Olyphant.

18-year-old Cody Day was one of many people who spoke up at this rally. She talked about the fear she faces every day as a woman of color.

“At the end of the day if I am just standing here, then that’s all that matters,” said Day.

People of all races and ages came together. They are seeking justice for George Floyd and others who lost their lives.

“I’m outraged. That you know the police in this country. They are completely racist and it’s been that way for a while. I’m sick of it and I am here to use my privilege to fight back and make my voice be heard,” said Lilly Maoposki of West Scranton.

Some police were also at the rally. People didn’t channel their anger at them, instead thanked them for their service. The commander of state police had a message for all protesters.

“We want to encourage everyone to protest in a peaceful manner. And any violations of the law, they are obviously going to be charged criminally depending on the situation,” said Commander William Slaton.

Maria Andrews, co-founder of NEPA for Change, led this peaceful rally.

“It’s good to know that even though these murders are heinous and disgusting, we as a community do not agree with those values,” said Andrews

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