Protestors peacefully traveled alongside Superior Avenue in downtown Tomah showing support of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-racism, peace, and the end of police brutality on June 2.
Approximately 135 men, women, and children of all ages and races gathered at Gillet Park and listened to organizer Quinton Hanson’s message.
“Let the community of Tomah and Monroe County know that we will not tolerate racism and police brutality,” mentioned Hanson in his social media invitation.
Per April 2019 Enrollment data, Monroe County is home to 447 enrolled Ho-Chunk members. Multiple members participated and marched.
Worldwide call for justice began after the death of George Floyd in police custody. Demonstrations and protests bringing needed attention against the use of excessive force by police officers and systemic racism in America began in Minneapolis.
Protesters were encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. A few businesses showed support, and some provided water along the marching route to the participants.
The Tomah Police Department stated on social media, “The Tomah Police Department and the City of Tomah supports 1st Amendment Rights which allow citizens to assemble peacefully. A peaceful demonstration allows our community members to assemble and express their opinions/concerns with the assurances that they can feel safe in doing so.”
The Tomah Police Department assisted with traffic control for the group to safely cross Superior Avenue.