Two protest teams over police reform conflict in Bloomington – WCCO
Protesters say Bloomington is not immune to prejudice and wanted to spread the word about the problem in the city.
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The organizers say they want reform and accountability from the Bloomington Police Department. They also say they want more diversity in the Bloomington Public School district.
“We need change, we need lawmakers who are by our side in the community and calling for change,” said Johnathon McClellan.
During the march, the protesters actually encountered another group on the other side of the problem.
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A group called the Bloomington Patriots held a Back the Blue rally to show support for law enforcement.
The group says they want nothing to do with calls to defuse the police.
“We believe our law enforcement is necessary and necessary. Every government has law enforcement agencies. And we support our police officers, whether they are black, white, yellow, red, purple or spotted, I don’t care. We just really believe that our law enforcement needs to be supported, ”said one of the protesters.
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The police support group also says Bloomington leaders need to crack down on the crime so residents can feel safe in their community again.