Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets in Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) – More than a dozen people joined together to hold a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest march in Southern Pines Saturday morning, the Aberdeen Times reported.

Black Lives Matter protesters in Southern Pines (Billy Marts/Aberdeen Times)
Black Lives Matter protesters in Southern Pines (Billy Marts/Aberdeen Times)

The marchers joined a number of other communities across the country that have held events to protest the recent deaths of Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the hands of law enforcement officers.

The Southern Pines protest was organized over social media and was made up of people of all ages who met at the Southern Pines Pool Park where they began the march, the Aberdeen Times reported.

Protesters carried signs and chanted together as they walked from the park up Pennsylvania Avenue to Bennett Street and back to Pool Park.

Black Lives Matter protesters in Southern Pines (Billy Marts/Aberdeen Times)
Black Lives Matter protesters in Southern Pines (Billy Marts/Aberdeen Times)

There was no violence at the march and those protesting interacted with people passing by in vehicles and people who stepped outside from their homes to encourage the marchers, the newspaper reported.

When the march ended, several of the protesters walked over to three of the Southern Pines police officers who had escorted the group and thanked them for helping. The officers then joined several of the marchers for a photo in a show of community solidarity between residents and police, according to the Aberdeen Times.

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