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BLM protests Sunday in Martinsville and Bedford

June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Black Lives Matter protests were organized in both Martinsville, and Bedford, Sunday.

A group of about 80 Black Lives Matter protesters gathered on the courthouse square in Martinsville after 11 a.m. and were countered by at least 30 members of veterans groups, and community members.

The protesters chanted, and marched around the courthouse square, but were met by a group at the war memorial across from the courthouse, who said they were concerned the protesters would vandalize the monument. Some community members were open carrying AR-15 rifles.

A bearded man sitting in the shade said he wanted to know why “all lives” don’t matter, then asked for the Bloomingtonian, to tell the truth about the protest happening on the square.

A protester on the other side of the street told the Bloomington that they tried to talk to the community members near the memorial, and thought at first they had a good conversation, especially after later they played, “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” by Blue Oyster Cult through the speakers of their motorcycles. However, then the opposition to the BLM protesters turned their backs on the group and flipped them off, according to the protester who spoke with the Bloomingtonian.

A group of men also guarded the armed forces monument on the courthouse square, and a man stood in front of a bank with an AR-15.

Jeff Buskirk, who was armed, said he was concerned when he heard about the protest that some would vandalize businesses and buildings on the square, which he said had cost millions to renovate. Buskirk compared bad cops to bad employees of at a unionized factory he said can’t be gotten rid of because the union will protect them. Buskirk said he is a retired police officer of 32 years.

Buskirk said he remembers one time the KKK showed up in Martinsville when he was just a little boy, but said they weren’t accepted.

The protesters stopped early due to heat, but began to make plans to have a protest in Mooresville, saying, “Mooresville needs some love.”

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Over 100 Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in Bedford to protest against the killing of George Floyd, and against police brutality.

A group of III-percenter bikers stood in two places 40-50 feet from the protesters watching them, and one, when photographed by the Bloomingtonian made what appeared to be a III-percenter hand signal.

Members of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department stood nearby with plastic handcuffs, and kept an eye on the Black Lives Matter protesters, and the few who were counter protesting the BLM protest, including a man holding a flag.

Some on motorcycles passed blaring loud rock music to drown out the voices of the Black Lives Matter protesters, but the rally went on with a host of speakers, including Bloomington activist Vauhxx Booker who told the account of the lynching of a black Hoosier in the 1860s shortly after the Civil War.

June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: Jeff Buskirk guards the BMO Harris Bank building. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: Protesters march toward a war monument. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: A group of Martinsville community members guard an armored forces memorial on the Morgan County Square. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: A man gives a peace sign towards BLM protesters. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: Martinsville community members watch BLM protesters from a distance. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Martinsville, Indiana USA: A man carries an AR type rifle on the Morgan County Square. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Morgan County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Martinsville, Ind. A few counter protested the BLM activists, while saying they showed up to protect military memorials from vandalism. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: A sign at the Lawrence County square tells people to say off the lawn. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: A group, including some III-percenters, watch BLM protesters from a distance. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: A III-percenter makes what appears to be the III-percenter hand signal. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: A group of bikers, and others, watch a BLM protest from a distance. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
June 7, 2020 – Bedford, Indiana USA: A BLM protester tries to cool off a woman suffering in nearly 90-degree heat. Black Lives Matter protesters gather on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square to protest the killing George Floyd, and others, due to police brutality, Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Bedford, Ind. A few bikers, and others, watched the BLM activists from a distance. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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