Peaceful demonstrations at State Capitol, downtown Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Two different demonstrations happened in downtown Baton Rouge on Friday in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

A couple of hundred people took to the steps of the state Capitol. The group, at one point, sitting with their signs while speakers tell their stories.Then, standing up in unity, hoping for change.
Also there, State Rep. Ted James and the nephew of murdered Baton Rouge Civil right leader Sadie Roberts Joseph.

“It’s time for change. We need it bad. Capitalism, racism, classism. All of it goes hand in hand,” said Chaz Ricks.

The group then marched from the Capitol to Galvez Plaza. Moments after their demonstration ended, a rally and prayer vigil in front of the Old State Capitol was led by former New Orleans Mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock.

“Why I’m here today is to try to stop a major tragedy from happening in our city,” said Scurlock.

That city would be New Orleans. Scurlock said he has intel that protests there will turn violent Friday night.

Scurlock said he decided to have the gathering in Baton Rouge to offer rewards to help curb hate crimes, although protests in Baton Rouge have been peaceful.

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