More than 200 rally in Palatine to demonstrate for racial justice

  • Patrick Watson of Illinois Sixth District Democrats speaks during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday.

      Patrick Watson of Illinois Sixth District Democrats speaks during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • People hold up their signs to passing traffic on Northwest Highway during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday.

      People hold up their signs to passing traffic on Northwest Highway during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Kim Frank of Hoffman Estates, who is a member of Countryside Unitarian Church in Palatine, holds up her sign for passing traffic during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday.

      Kim Frank of Hoffman Estates, who is a member of Countryside Unitarian Church in Palatine, holds up her sign for passing traffic during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Sue O'Donnell of Palatine attends a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday.

      Sue O'Donnell of Palatine attends a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Shruti Satish of Palatine listens to a speaker during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday.

      Shruti Satish of Palatine listens to a speaker during a "Peaceful Protest for Racial Justice" event at Volunteers Plaza in Palatine Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 6/6/2020 6:05 PM

More than 200 people gathered near the clock tower at Volunteers Park in Palatine to protest for racial justice Saturday.

Patrick Watson of the Illinois Sixth District Democrats, one of the speakers at the protest, said the purpose of the protest was to speak out against police killings of black males and other minorities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Enough is enough," Watson said. "So many innocent black men and other minorities have been murdered by police, and there's been no accountability, and we're tired of it.

"We want there to be some form of accountability, and we want the killings to stop," he said.

Sue O'Donnell of Palatine held a sign that read "Silence is Violence" while attending the event with her husband, Brian. She echoed Watson's sentiment that "enough is enough."

She wants protests to continue until a change is made to end violent encounters between minorities and the police.

"I'm hoping it will go on for awhile until there are some changes. That it just won't end and everyone forgets," O'Donnell said.

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