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Peaceful protests in Lubbock over the weekend

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"It's big. It's already big around the world, but if it's hitting here at home, somewhere that's not really known like Dallas, Austin. For Lubbock to come together like this and show the gratitude and respect, it means a lot," demonstrator Robert Spencer said. 


Lubbock set itself apart from the violence in big cities over the weekend.


The demonstration remained mostly non-violent, with chants of "George Floyd" and "Black Lives Matter!" met with supportive honks from cars passing by. 


One of the event organizer says this protest at the Timothy Cole memorial, located across the street from Texas Tech's campus at 19th and University ave., has seen huge support from the community.


"You know that, right now this is one of the most peaceful protests in America,"organizer Bethany Cannon said. 


But the weekend of civil demonstration was interrupted by one chaotic event Saturday evening.


When a man with a rifle now identified as 25-year-old Emmanuel Quinones showed up, he was tackled by 36-year-old Ezequiel Cantu Valderas, someone who organizers claim was actually counter-protesting before the incident. 

Both were arrested, and an LPD officer was taken to the hospital.

Otherwise, the weekend went without surprise. 


Sunday's demonstration so civil in fact, LPD was not actively seen supervising much, only showing face for the occasional drive-by. 


Protestors here, say they were happy to have a place to have their voices heard. 


"I'm a POC as well. I've been with police and stuff like that," Isaiah Saenz said. " [The] 'Oh he has a nice car? He must be selling drugs,' needs to stop."

There is a protest by the same organizers planned for next Sunday at the busy intersection. 

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