CENTRAL COAST, Calif. (KION)
Children have become some of the most powerful voices in the marches across the country.
Many parents are making sure their kids participate in a “movement” for racial equality.
A march in Salinas recently was attended by children who say “the color of their skin” should not matter.
Brooklyn Smith, 7, says she is upset and doesn’t understand why officers “stood around and did nothing” as a Minneapolis police officer pressured his knee into the neck of George Floyd.
However law enforcement around the Central Coast are working to make sure that children like Brooklyn and their parents do not have a bad perception when it comes to law enforcement.
In both Santa Cruz and in the City of Seaside the police chiefs have been seen participating in demonstrations. Photos of them taking knee and raising their fist in solidarity with protesters has gone viral.
Recently in Seaside, officers helped direct traffic at a promotion for fifth graders but they also participated in the event.
Children are witnessing how officers are a part of their communities.