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Peaceful Protesters Hold Vigil Against Police Violence In Pasadena

Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church and other local faith groups organized Sunday night's vigil. (Aaron Schrank)
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While much of the attention over the weekend was focused on looting and vandalism, thousands upon thousands of people protested peacefully across Los Angeles County. Among them, was a crowd that gathered last night outside of Pasadena City Hall for a protest and candlelight vigil led by faith leaders.

The event, which was organized by Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church and other local faith communities, began with a disclaimer:

“This is a nonviolent protest,” Barbara Walker from the First Baptist Church of Pasadena told the crowd. She said it’s important for clergy and all leaders to speak out against police violence.

"If you have a role in society and people look up to you, when you see injustice, it is your responsibility to step up."

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A demonstrator at the candlelight vigil against police violence in front of Pasadena City Hall, May 31, 2020. (Aaron Schrank)
The event drew a diverse crowd, which meant a lot to protestor Max Dean of Pasadena.
"It gave me more encouragement to get my voice heard and invite as many people as I can to things like this so we can try to move on from the countless deaths that have occurred from my community and other people of color."

Organizers didn’t just call for justice for George Floyd, but also for local victims of police violence, like Kendrec McDade and Leroy Barnes.


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