About 300 protestors marched Saturday night in Watertown in honor of George Floyd and to bring attention to racial inequality. The group began their march at Diamond ball Park on 4th Avenue SE shortly after 6pm. They were escorted by the Watertown Police Department, to the Codington County Courthouse. Law Enforcement maintained a visible presence around the courthouse and downtown area while individually those in the crowd who wanted to speak were given an opportunity to do so.
Taelynn Ferrer organized the march. Ferrer says racism is a personal issue to her after she was the victim of it…..
Ferrer says she knew the protest would have a good turnout however, it was better than she anticipated. She said some people were upset about the protest because of all the news around violent protests; however, she says, she does not condone violence….
Ferrer said local law enforcement worked well with her in coordinating the event….
Shortly before 8pm the crowd began to disperse, some walking back to Diamond ball Park, while others separated from the group and went in other directions. Captain Kirk Ellis of the Watertown Police Department said there were no arrests or damage related to the protest and things went “very well.” Ellis was complimentary of the level of communication between the organizers and the police department in the planning of the event. He said, that level of communication was really appreciated.