Never in a million years would I think that my small town would take part in something so big. On June 5, La Porte played host to a protest in response to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man whose death sparked national outrage.

Mass demonstrations across the United States surged on with many evolving into riots and looting. Many citizens, especially in the black community, took to the streets, not only in Floyd’s memory but in anger and frustration at hundreds of years of abuse and uncharged murder by law enforcement.

Donavan Barrier is a resident of La Porte County, who currently works for WNIT-PBS in South Bend.

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