Protesters gather again Saturday in Dover
The latest planned protest in Dover over police brutality and racial injustices in the wake of George Floyd’s death is Saturday.
The Dover area has seen protests throughout the week, with protesters ocassionally marching along Route 13.
In Wilmington Friday night, a group marched from Tubman-Garrett Park to the New Castle County Courthouse. After that event ended, some protesters continued back to the Riverfront and, according to the News Journal , also closed I-95 temporarily before marching to the Wilmington Police headquarters.
The Delaware State News also reported hundreds of protesters lined a nearly mile long portion of Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach Friday afternoon.
Update: 1:15 p.m.:
Law enforcement and other preparing for protest as some demonstrators begin to arrive. The protest was expected to begin around 1 p.m. and the Dover Police Dept. had sent out a letter saying they were prepared to work with protesters as exercised their 1st Amendment rights peacefully.
Update 1:30 p.m.: The group at Legislative Mall is growing as Capitol Police Chief Michael Hertzfeld addresses them. One man tried to start a "No Justice, No Peace" chant the crowd shut it down to let Hetzfeld finish.
Update 2:00 p.m.: Dover's Police Chief Thomas Johnson now speaking to the crowd at Legislative Hall . Johnson asks the crowd of protestors if uniformed police officers can march with them through legislative mall. The crowd replies “yes."
Update 2:30 p.m.: At Dover protest on Legislative Mall, Central Branch of Delaware NAACP has set up a table to register people to vote.
Update 2:40 p.m.: The protesters at Legislative Hall in Dover are now marching. The plan now appears to be a lap around the mall.
Update 2:55 p.m.: The protest march continues around Legislative Mall passing the Kent County Courthouse. Dover Police Chief Johnson marching with the protesters.
Update 3:10 p.m.: The protesters have now made their way to the Dover Police station:
Update 3:30 p.m.: Delaware NAACP State Conference President Richard “Mouse” Smith among those speaking at the Dover Police station.
Update 5:00 p.m.: In the past hour, protesters in Dover reached Route 13, blocking traffic with police helping manage the situation. Our Nick Ciolino reports they are now moving south on Route 13.
Update 5:45 p.m.: Our Nick Ciolino reports the group of protesters - smaller now - was at the Target on Route 13. Now leaving. Apparently head back toward Legislative Mall.