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Hundreds march in Hamilton to protest after death of George Floyd

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Posted at 3:29 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 21:48:00-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — A crowd of hundreds gathered this morning in Hamilton for a march in protest after the death last week of George Floyd in Minnesota.

The crowd met at The Fringe Coffee House at 918 High St. at about 10 a.m. with plans to march to the Butler County courthouse and take part in a prayer.

The group went to the courthouse and marched around it seven times.

Pastor Patrick Davis of The Fringe church said he canceled Sunday morning’s service and instead called for the march because “we refused to step over people’s bodies on the way to church.”

The march of several hundred people included a majority of white protesters, but Davis asked those who were black or people of color to move to the front because, he said, their voices are not often listened to. He said he believes that is a solution to conflict, a greater variety of voices being heard.

“I think the church as a whole in America has been silent for too long,” Davis said.