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Ottumwans for Racial Justice hold rally marking one year anniversary of Floyd death

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 9:57 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Ottumwans for Racial Justice, a local group advocating for equity in Ottumwa, stood across from the courthouse Tuesday afternoon for a demonstration. Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, as well as the founding of the Ottumwa group.

The group stood at Ottumwa’s Central Park, before kneeling on the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds. That’s the originally-reported length of time former office Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck.

Walter Mingole, an admin of the Facebook group, says while the group aligns with the Black Lives Matter movement, the local group focuses on overall racial equality and equity in the city.

“We at OFRJ just want to see the community advance and help the minority population. Acknowledge that there’s certain issues in the community that we could do better on. And help in any way we can to move minorities forward.”

The founder of the group, Lorraine Uehling, says the group has been working with the City of Ottumwa for almost a year on a human rights commission and a police oversight board.

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