Protesters gather in Lancaster for fifth straight day


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Some heavy down pours didn’t stop protesters from taking to the streets in Lancaster protests for a fifth straight day on Wednesday.

Early on Wednesday Lancaster Police said they were concerned for everyone’s safety after they found two improvised explosive devices in Lancaster City. Police said there was also some sort of explosion on the 100 block of North Prince Street early Tuesday morning.

Protesters who were out in Lancaster looked to prove they didn’t want to promote any violence.

“We’re fed up, but this does have to stay peaceful,” Yaima Lopez said.

Lopez acknowledge that violence will not bring the change she is looking for.

“Violence isn’t going to change violence,” she said. “Hate isn’t going to change hate and only peace will change violence.”

On Wednesday, protesters took a knee outside of the Lancaster City Police Station to remember George Floyd.

Issac Etters, who has been working as a liaison between police and protesters, said he was glad that things have been mainly peaceful.

“Our team is on group chats, we’re doing legal observer training, and deescalation training,” Etters explained. “(We’re) standing on the outside of the crowd to make sure if we see anybody trying to cause trouble, we know who they are and if we need to address them we are addressing them.”

Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser also addressed protesters Wednesday and said he is trying to keep everyone safe.

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