At a push meeting Friday, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said a narcotics investigation led to deputies chasing Peterson on foot. Peterson reportedly fired at the deputies, who returned fireplace and killed him.
In a statement released Sunday, NAACP Vancouver pledged to pursue justice via tranquil things to do.
“We want to make it certainly distinct that the NAACP Vancouver was not included in nor consulted in arranging the protest,” the statement mentioned. “We also want to make it abundantly obvious to the participants that your non-peaceful conduct is completely antithetical to our values as an corporation and as black citizens of Vancouver.”
Also Sunday, about 25 folks gathered at Vancouver Waterfront Park for a silent vigil remembering Peterson. Individuals bowed their heads and held bouquets while standing on the Grant Road Pier about the Columbia River.
It was in that spirit that NAACP Vancouver hopes to pursue adjust.
“To the people today concerned in organizing the (Friday) protest, we appreciate those people of you who peacefully shown,” the NAACP stated. “To all those who committed destruction, make sure you do not suppose that anarchy in any way, historically or now, defines or serves the needs or dreams of the NAACP or black citizens in Vancouver.”
Saturday observed a next night of unrest in downtown Vancouver. It followed dueling rallies at Esther Small Park involving people mourning Peterson and a professional-law enforcement, professional-Trump rally organized by David Gellatly, a local Republican activist. The teams traded chants and insults, but no violence occurred at the park.
Just immediately after 10 p.m. Black Lives Make any difference supporters started marching on streets in downtown Vancouver. Counter-protesters, led by ideal-wing group Patriot Prayer, marched in tow.
The marchers finally blocked site visitors on East Mill Basic Boulevard, then tried out to enter Interstate 5. But Vancouver Law enforcement Section officers blocked every on-ramp from Mill Plain, avoiding access to the freeway.
The marchers dispersed soon after midnight right after VPD officers threatened to make arrests. Video clips on social media showed broken windows at some downtown organizations and at Lewis and Clark Plaza, an condominium complicated.