PETAL, Mississippi (WDAM) – For a second day in a row, a crowd gathered at Petal City Hall on Saturday afternoon, uniting their voices and demanding the resignation of Mayor Hal Marx.
The peaceful protests began on Friday afternoon, when more than 100 people took to the town hall’s lawn, steps and porch to express their outrage at the comments made by Marx on social media as a result. of George Floyd’s death Monday in Minneapolis, Minn.
WARNING: The raw video of the event contains graphic language.
Saturday’s event drew a similarly sized crowd, with speakers alternating between anger and tears while denouncing Marx‘s comments as callous, hurtful and unrepresentative of the feelings of the city they say he is meant to represent. .
“Someone is harming our people and we will not be silent any longer,” chanted the crowd towards the end of the three-hour protest on Saturday.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died Monday after being arrested by police for allegedly passing a fake banknote.
A video quickly went viral showing Floyd surrounded by four Minneapolis officers, lying down with his arms handcuffed behind him, while a white Minneapolis policeman kept his knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes.
The video shows Floyd shouting “I can’t breathe” repeatedly.
Violent protests erupted in Minneapolis that night and spread to other cities across the country.
The officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
While Floyd was added to the list of suffering from the past dead that particularly enraged the black community, Petal focused on ousting Marx.
It started in earnest on Thursday, when the Petal Board of Aldermen asked Marx to step down.
The mayor refused, saying he was elected by the residents of Petal and intended to serve his term, which ends in June 2021.
Marx was first elected to a four-year term in 2009, and was re-elected twice, most recently in 2017.
Marx had previously announced that he would not be running again.
After the nearly three-hour breakdown at town hall on Saturday, protesters went to the mayor’s home to demonstrate with placards and slogans.
The demonstration will continue on Sunday from noon at the town hall of Petal.
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