Two press conferences were held today in Greenville to address the murder of George Floyd and the results of this weekend's protests.
At County Square, Greenville County Councilmen Ennis Fant and Lynn Ballard presented a statement put together by themselves and two other council members: Xanthene Norris and Liz Seman.
Councilman Fant said inequalities in the criminal justice system and in the financial system.
Their prepared statement is as follows:
Additionally, Councilman Fant said there cannot be change until those in leadership positions work with the community.
"You got to have genuine leadership that can actually run government to make things happen. It has to be activists and governmental leadership working together," Fant said.
Later in the afternoon, the City of Greenville held a press conference with the Urban League of the Upstate, and the Greenville Branch of the NAACP, Greenville Police Department, and the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.
Mayor Knox White began by thanking the protesters for spreading their message peaceably.
J.H. Thompson, Interim Greenville Police Chief, expressed the importance of protesting and the exercise of the peoples' first amendment rights.
J.M. Flemming, President of the Greenville Branch of the NAACP, pointed out that while many of the speakers at the press conference were complimentary of the protests, they did not mention the reason for the protests: institutional racism.
Flemming, like many community leaders, believes open conversations are the only way forward.
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