Group of black mothers hold peaceful demonstration in Princeton to express concerns for their children

A group of black mothers stood together in Princeton today to express concerns about the well-being of their children, and say what happened to George Floyd is a daily concern for black mothers.

News 12 Staff

Jun 7, 2020, 9:08 PM

Updated 1,412 days ago

Share:

A group of black mothers stood together in Princeton today to express concerns about the well-being of their children, and say what happened to George Floyd is a daily concern for black mothers.
"I'm here trying to get my black mothers to come out before we have a situation like George Floyd or Breonna Taylor," says rally organizer Nakeisha Ammons.
The demonstration started outside the Princeton City Hall with mothers gathering together to pray. The event started off with a heartfelt and emotional speech by Ammons about the talk she had with her children at an early age about what to do when interacting with police.
The demonstration included prayer, eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence representing the time a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on Floyd's neck, and a discussion with Princeton police.
"When we are called to respond out, we have to go, that is our duty, especially if it's something that's a pressing issue like something that may be violent nature or 911 call or something like that we can't just pick and choose where we want to go," says patrol officer Jennifer Gering.
Police say proactive community relations are an important part of their department and invite community input to help improve their policies.
"We hear that you're feeling oppressed,” says Gering. “We know that they're feeling oppressed and that there are injustices in the world and we want to help that and we want to help change that."
Police say data on call volume and monthly reports are available through open public records. They say tracking callers is not always possible as some ask to be anonymous. 
undefined


More from News 12
0:28
Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

1:37
Scattered rain showers overnight; sunshine returns Saturday afternoon

Scattered rain showers overnight; sunshine returns Saturday afternoon

0:15
Authorities: Berkley Township man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal stabbing of Seaside Heights man

Authorities: Berkley Township man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal stabbing of Seaside Heights man

1:42
Police: Marlboro teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

Police: Marlboro teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

0:32
Man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial has ties to New Jersey

Man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial has ties to New Jersey

0:56
Graffiti of former Palestinian militant Leila Khaled found spray-painted at Rutgers University

Graffiti of former Palestinian militant Leila Khaled found spray-painted at Rutgers University

0:09
Police: 2 men critically injured in Newark shooting

Police: 2 men critically injured in Newark shooting

2:16
Public warned to keep their dogs away from seals at the Jersey Shore

Public warned to keep their dogs away from seals at the Jersey Shore

0:59
Jersey Proud: 3 men running the length of New Jersey for ‘Dylan’s Wings of Change’ charity

Jersey Proud: 3 men running the length of New Jersey for ‘Dylan’s Wings of Change’ charity

0:35
Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

Tesla recalling nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks because accelerator pedal can get stuck

1:01
New Jersey water companies make plans to adapt federal ‘forever chemical’ guidelines

New Jersey water companies make plans to adapt federal ‘forever chemical’ guidelines

1:54
Authorities: 2 children at Port Reading school become sickened after ingesting marijuana gummies

Authorities: 2 children at Port Reading school become sickened after ingesting marijuana gummies

2:45
Business owners say they are losing business due to Route 71 bridge being stuck in up position

Business owners say they are losing business due to Route 71 bridge being stuck in up position

1:42
Prosecutor: Remains found at Wall construction site were of ‘advanced age’

Prosecutor: Remains found at Wall construction site were of ‘advanced age’

0:27
Prosecutors: Atlantic City’s Central Pier bursts into flames; 1 man dead

Prosecutors: Atlantic City’s Central Pier bursts into flames; 1 man dead

0:25
Boil water advisory issued for parts of Monmouth County

Boil water advisory issued for parts of Monmouth County

0:48
Ridgewood mayor shares photos showcasing renovation of former Warner Theater

Ridgewood mayor shares photos showcasing renovation of former Warner Theater

1:37
Officials: Some Marlboro schools, Trenton Board of Ed receive bomb threat 2nd day in a row

Officials: Some Marlboro schools, Trenton Board of Ed receive bomb threat 2nd day in a row

0:31
Start of Sen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial is delayed a week to mid-May

Start of Sen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial is delayed a week to mid-May

Show off your team spirit! Share your photos with News 12

Show off your team spirit! Share your photos with News 12