Black Lives Matter protests and rallies, as well as candle vigils, have swept the nation calling for more action against corrupt officials — especially police officers — following the deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

They want to be heard, and they want those officers who have killed black men and women across the nation to be held responsible, as well as the officers who were standing by witnessing the tragedies.

They want justice.

So do we.

And we’ll do our part in making sure those voices are heard.

We’ll be there on Saturday at the courthouse to report on the event. We want to listen to what everyone has to say. We want to share it with our community.

We hope we’ll have good news to report.

Berea already held protests that remained peaceful.

According to Berea Police Chief Eric Scott, approximately 100 to 150 protestors gathered in organization with the police department on Saturday and Sunday to protest.

“It was a family-oriented event, and there were a lot of individuals from the community and the college,” Scott said. “Some people had kids, but it was a very peaceful protest.”

We also saw protests in Lexington that were peaceful.

But that isn’t always the case.

Since protests broke out in Louisville, at least seven people have been shot and at least one was killed.

It’s heartbreaking.

It’s gut-wrenching.

A lot of people have been saying the violence is because the voices of these people have gone unheard for too long.

But does violence and destruction make those voices heard? Or does it only lead to more harm?

As protests are scheduled for Richmond this weekend, the people involved with the event are asking for peace.

So are the police.

Richmond Assistant Police Chief Rodney Richardson said he was aware of the protests, and said his department supports all peaceful demonstrations.

“We as police just want to make sure it stays safe, and that the message (they are sharing) gets across and can reach as many people as possible, in a safe way,” he said.

Our sentiments here at The Register are very similar.

Everyone deserves the chance to share their message, and everyone deserves for it to reach as many people as possible. That’s what we’re here for — to deliver messages to as many people as possible.

And on Saturday, that message is Black Lives Matter. Sure enough, we’ll be there to share it with our community in a peaceful way using words instead of violence.

We encourage everyone else to follow suit.

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