Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents March for Peace on Riot Route Group Planned to Pass Brunswick Nightclubs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents March for Peace on Riot Route Group Planned to Pass Brunswick Nightclubs

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BRUNSWICK -- A group of residents were planning a march for unity last night -- a dozen days after an estimated 500 people pelted police officers with bricks and bottles and burned two patrol cars.

Organizer Burnette R. Fulton Sr. said the planned march would begin on Albany Street where the July 5 brawl occurred and then travel to City Hall. The march has more than one purpose, Fulton said.

"What we'd like to do is dispel and disarm any further outbreak by saying to this young generation violence is not the answer," Fulton said. "What we want to say to them . . . is what happened is not acceptable. It should not have happened."

Fulton predicted some will march in protest, however, of police handling of the matter and Mayor Brad Brown's comments following the incident.

If Brown does not tone down his earlier statements that those who participated were "drug addicts, hoodlums and drunkards," then he would call for Brown's resignation, Fulton said.

Brown stood his ground yesterday.

"If they threw rocks, bottles and bricks and burned police cars, that's what they are," Brown said.

And Brown said there was nothing in his remarks that would cause him to resign.

Not everyone on the streets at 2 a.m. July 5 was there for mischief, Fulton said. Some were curious bystanders.

"He has categorized and labeled everybody that was out there," Fulton said of Brown's remarks. "There were a lot of people who were just running to get out of the way."

As to the sensitivity training, Fulton said both city and county police officers should be taught how to speak to African-American men so as to not inflame incidents. Fulton, who owns a transportation company, is African-American. …

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