Decided to drive to Downtown Crystal Lake to buy some bratwurst at Kalck’s Butcher Shop.
Took Dole Avenue from the Main Beach and saw people gathered in the parking lot of City Hall.
After buying ten, I headed back to get some photos.
I started at the back of the crowd, which seemed to be a couple of hundred people and worked my way to the front, where the man below held a microphone.
But let’s look at the photos from back to front of the parking lot.
You can see if my crowd guesstimate is close.
One sign says, “I stand with Black Lives Matter.”
“Skin color should not put a target on your back” is the message of one sign.
At this point, I reached the front of the crowd.
The closest sign says, “F–k the System.”
- “No Justice, No Peace”
- “I understand hate will never stand. However, I stand.”
A sign says,
- “Equal rights for others does not mean less rights for you. It’s not PIE.”
“No time for hate in Crystal Lake. BLM” is the sign this woman is holding.
The speeches were about to begin, so I figured it was time to go to Sam’s Club.
On the way to my car, I saw this family heading to the parking lot.
I drove up Williams Street past the boarded up businesses.
A group of Crystal Lake Police Officers were at Brink Street.
Past The Raue Center for the Arts to East Crystal Lake Avenue and onto Sam’s Club.
After about forty-five minutes, I decided to drive home through Downtown.
At Williams Street I found only three demonstrators, so it was back toward the parking lot, where I saw this wheelchair-bound man crossing Walkup Avenue.
I found people sitting on the asphalt.
Since I didn’t hear any of the speeches, perhaps those who did will share them as comments.