Peaceful protesters gather in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Over two dozen demonstrators gathered in Fayetteville Saturday evening.

Between 30 and 50 people stood outside the Fayette County Courthouse to peacefully express their disapproval of the actions leading to George Floyd’s death.

Floyd died Monday after a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes while he begged the officer to stop.

“I want to spread love and only love and what happened this week was not that,” said Curtis Paul, one of the first demonstrators at the courthouse. “For the past 200 years, we have been segregating and destroying communities and treating people like they are not humans because of the color of their skin and I do not stand for that.”

The protest started at 7 p.m. and included a moment of silence and a poem reading.

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