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Protesters march peacefully through Plant City, pray outside police headquarters

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jun 09, 2020

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Protesters marched peacefully through Plant City Tuesday night, stopping at the police department to pray.

The death of George Floyd motivated people of all races and ages to turn out for the event.

"Just having more community outreach and more community interaction so we can have our voices heard on a consistent basis and have that open dialogue," said Claudia Rocha.

State Attorney Andrew Warren told ABC Action News reporter Ryan Smith, now is a time when elected leaders should pause and listen to those voices calling for change.

"How do we make our communities safer while at the same time promoting fairness and justice in the system," said Warren.

Warren said he discussed concrete proposals for improving community policing with Florida State Senator Janet Cruz Tuesday morning.

"We have to create better connections between law enforcement and the community to make sure that we’re restoring trust, promoting transparency," said Warren. "This can’t be a 'us versus them' mentality, we’re all in this together."

NAACP Hillsborough County Branch is holding a press conference Wednesday to call on local law enforcement to work with them to create new policies that better serve citizens.