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100 Black Men of West Texas, LPD march in solidarity

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The 100 Black Men of West Texas joined with the Lubbock Police Department Monday for a silent, solidarity march. They walked from the police department to Citizens Tower. 

Group leaders call this a defining moment in the nation's history. They say African Americans are a resilient people, but they have reached a point where enough is enough.

Joined by Police Chief Floyd Mitchell and City Councilwoman Shelia Patterson Harris, the group read the names of victims who have lost their lives to police brutality.

Chief Mitchell says no one can watch the video of George Floyd's death and say that is how policing should be done.

"I appreciate all of you," Chief Mitchell told the crowd Monday night. "I love all of you. We will have conflict, but we can talk through everything."

 

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope, next to Chief Mitchell, also addressed the gathering Monday evening.

"I believe that change only happens at the speed of trust," Mayor Pope said. "And that's something that we're working on and we'll work on every day. Cause it's a little like a marriage...there's not really a finish line, you're always working on trying to make it better."

Mayor Pope says Lubbock's community engagement task force has been a staple of building a stronger relationship since 2016. That is when the 100 Black Men of West Texas joined with LPD to mourn the assassination of five Dallas law enforcement officers at the hands of a sniper. 

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