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Black Lives Matter And HPD Plan For A Peaceful Rally

Houston’s Black Lives Matter chapter is rallying tomorrow and some people are concerned it may get out of hand.

Spirit of the Confederacy Plaque
A plaque adorning “The Spirit of the Confederacy” statue in Sam Houston Park downtown.

The “Spirit of the Confederacy” statue in Sam Houston Park is the reason behind tomorrow’s rally.

Ashton Woods is with Black Lives Matter and says the statue is not representative of Houston.  

“If Houston is the diverse welcoming city we all claim it is, we need to represent that to the fullest extent,” Woods says.

Although the title of the event is “Destroy the Confederacy”, Woods says the rally is not meant to incite violence.

“Black Lives Matter Houston has been in this city for three years, and every time we’ve had a protest we’ve been non-violent, we have not destroyed property,” he says.

They will be hosting a deescalation training tonight.

Houston Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite says the department is coordinating with Black Lives Matter Houston and is confident the demonstration will be peaceful.

“Houston has a way of responding and a way of expressing their concerns without it going to violence, without it going to property destruction and that’s something we can all be proud of,” he says.

Satterwhite says officers have mapped out the rally space and are prepared if they need to separate counter protesters.

The group This Is Texas Freedom Force have announced that they will be attending the rally to oppose Black Lives Matter. TITFF recently protested in San Antonio against the removal of another Confederate statue. 

Listen here for the full interview.

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