Students Host Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protest in Downtown Lake Zurich

Students organized and hosted a peaceful protest in Lake Zurich, which drew more than 600 protesters to Breezewald Park today.

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – More than 400 masked protesters peacefully gathered in downtown Lake Zurich today, to protest racism in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

Background
George Floyd was killed May 25 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who killed Floyd by holding his knee against a handcuffed Floyd’s neck for more than 8 min. while Floyd begged for his life, and three additional police officers assisted Chauvin. George Floyd’s death has sparked worldwide riots.

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed March 13 in her own home by Louisville, Ky. police during a late-night raid. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was hit by a car Feb. 23, then shot and killed while jogging. A third white man filmed the murder.

Teen’s Idea Brought to Life

Soft-spoken Dana Fleming, 15, who just finished her freshman year at Lake Zurich High School, organized the Black Lives Matter protest after her parents wouldn’t allow her to attend the larger protests in the city of Chicago.

“So I asked, why can’t we have a peaceful protest here in Lake Zurich?”

Fleming was soon joined by college students Isabelle Jordan, Zach Richards, and Nick Hervatin, all of whom had attended the Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago. (Jordan blogged about her experience at the Chicago rally here.)

Left to right: Protest organizers Isabelle Jordan, Dana Fleming and Zach Richards. Not shown: Nick Hervatin.
Protesters shout “Color is not a crime!”

Tomorrow: videos from the speakers and more content coming soon!

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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