An awareness rally for police reform brought out more than 100 protesters in Sterling Sunday, including many children and their fathers for the Father’s Day event.

Protesters connected the phrases “Black Dads Matter” and “Dads Supports Dads” to another father, George Floyd, a black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer in May.

The world has protested in solidarity of Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt down on the back of his neck for at least eight minutes.

Loudoun has responded to the cause, with many high schoolers and recent graduates eager to bring awareness to the number of deaths against Black people by police officers, including the killings of Freddie Gray, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

Sunday’s march sponsored by the NAACP Loudoun Branch was a rally for criminal justice and police reform. It started at the Sterling Library and ended at the Lower Loudoun Boys Football League field.

Donovan Bates, founder of Christians United Against Systemic Injustice, led the rally through Sterling along with Pastor Michelle Thomas, president of the NAACP Loudoun Branch.

“We’re not here because of one or two police [officers]. It is the system of law enforcement that continues to murder and brutalize our fathers and our sons. It is the system that we fight,” Thomas said in front of protesters.

Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors said he appreciates the growing support seen in marches and rallies around the county and country.

Saines said people should educate themselves on the injustices against Black people and speak up in private settings and the workplace with friends and families.

“I want you to call them out,” Saines said. “When you’re in those private settings at your house, or at their house, or your family functions, call them out on it because enough is enough, and that’s how we stop the injustice that’s continuing to go on time and time again.”

Speakers also talked about unity, voting and systemic and criminal justice reform. Among them were Buta Biberaj (D), commonwealth’s attorney for Loudoun County.

“’Black Lives Matter’ is not and should never be a moment,” Biberaj said. “It should be the start of a movement that we take forward and we make sure that our voices are never stifled.

“When we look around in our community, Black lives are part of our lives,” she added. “They are our family members. They’re our colleagues. They’re our friends. They’re the elected officials, as well, and they are people in power. So, we have to take our voice and make sure that we are challenging everyone.”

Quentin Watts, a college student activist and organizer, said voting is essential to holding politicians accountable. He said when lawmakers acted to draft reform bills, it was because of the pressure put on by voters and protesters — something that should have been done decades ago.

“It certainly does matter who we elect, but it is also imperative that we pay attention after Election Day,” Watts said. “Let’s be honest here, the death of George Floyd was simply a spark 100 years in the making. George Floyd was indeed the last straw, but this is bigger than black versus white, it’s everybody versus racism.”

Cameryn Hunter, a senior at Penn State and graduate of Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, emceed the event.

Supervisor Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian) and state Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-10th) were also in attendance.

On Sunday, a final NAACP-sponsored march will be held to call for racial justice and increased voter awareness, starting at Prosperity Baptist Church in Chantilly at 3 p.m. The march is estimated to be one mile. People interested in participating are urged to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

Earlier this month, marches were held in Purcellville and Ashburn. They focused on equity in the school system and Juneteenth.

(66) comments

ace10

If the (D)s have all the answers, why is there widespread rioting in their cities?

Voltaire

Ace10--that premise is false. There was rioting reported in Jacksonsville, San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City, Colorado Springs and Las Vegas. Those cities are run by Republican mayors. They had riots. That’s half of the scant few top 50 cities with Republican mayors. Go find me a top 50 city with a Republican mayor that didn’t have riots.

ace10

Your logic is a failure. Good grief.

I asked about (D)s.

They claim to have the answers.

Why is there rioting in THEIR cities?

Your reply doesn't even earn a pat on the head.

amerigirl

Who said they claim to have the answers? You listen to the liar in chief too much. Stop with the nastiness, it is uncalled for and a typical republican move, where is the third grade name to call him to go along with that? Trump is the only one claiming to have all the answers. He knows more about ISIS than the generals do, and many other things he outshines the rest of the world in. : "I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do, because I'm the biggest contributor.""I know more about people who get ratings than anyone." "I understand social media. I understand the power of Twitter. I understand the power of Facebook maybe better than almost anybody, based on my results, right?""I know more about courts than any human being on Earth." "[W]ho knows more about lawsuits than I do? I'm the king." "I understand politicians better than anybody." "[N]obody knows the system better than me. I know the H1B. I know the H2B. ... Nobody else on this dais knows how to change it like I do, believe me."Nobody knows more about trade than me." The U.S. government system: "[N]obody knows the system better than I do." "I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth." I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world." "I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me.""I understand money better than anybody." "[L]ook, as a builder, nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump."Sen. Cory Booker: "I know more about Cory than he knows about himself." "[N]obody knows more about construction than I do." "Technology — nobody knows more about technology than me." "I know more about drones than anybody. I know about every form of safety that you can have."I think I know more about the other side than almost anybody."he economy: "I think I know about it better than [the Federal Reserve]."

Where is the quote from the democrats that says they know all the answers?

Voltaire

Ace10--no, your logic is. Your premise is conditioned on the assumption that all cities are (D) run/managed. I simply proved that premise to be false. I don't give a toss about "a pat on the head" as I am not rover. Get over yourself.

amerigirl

You question is stupid why would it be any different in democratic cities than in republican cities? Good grief. Who, other than you said they have all the answers????? Please answer that!!!! Why are there peaceful protest in so many cities? Why do you think everyone is rioting? Talk about a double standard.

LetsBreal

"You listen to the liar in chief too much. Stop with the nastiness" - Amerigirl

Oh the irony.

amerigirl

Let's, how about the impeached liar in chief? Both are true statements, can easily be proven.

ace10

Are you not able to read, or is it simply a matter of selective perception?

I asked about (D)-controlled cities. I didn't use the word "only" when referring to riots. As in... "Why are there riots ONLY in (D)-controlled cities?" No, I asked EXACTLY the question I asked.

Nor did I didn't mention Republican or other party mayors.

Further, you're incorrect regarding the party of the mayor in Las Vegas. Carolyn Goodman is an Independent, and formerly was a (D).

And just because I have grown to enjoy "factualizing" your comments, let's do another... the mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, is also an Independent.

But please, by all means, continue to spew your ignorance.

Voltaire

Ace10--no the original question was "If the (D)s have all the answers, why is there widespread rioting in their cities?" The point that was being made is that Democrats don't control all the cities in the United States and that there was rioting in cities that had Republican mayors/administrations as well. Actually, cities run by Independent mayors would also support my premise that rioting occurred in places OTHER than run by a Democrat. It appears obvious that you need a hobby if you enjoy playing "editor-in-chief" of a community newspaper website. Yes, as long as the law allows me to do so, I will continue to provide my viewpoint, whether you like it or not is totally irrelevant.

ace10

Intentional or unintentional use of irony by saying that I enjoy being "editor-in-chief" of the comment section?

Voltaire

Ace10--to answer your question, I would mark the answer as intentional.

amerigirl

Then why would you think the reasoning is any different than the reason for protest and riots in republican or independent cities? Don't you know all the answers. I thought you were never, under any circumstances, ever, wrong. Answer this, if this is just a political move that involves dems then why was Romney marching in DC? There are republicans that are attending the marches, I know of some just in my neighborhood. How about the republican mayors of these major cities? Greenwich, Conn. Fred Camillo, Waco Tx, Kyle Deaver, Miami, FL Francis X. Suarez, Jacksonville, Fl Lenny Curry, San Diego Kevin Faulconer, Fort Worth TX. Betsy Price, El Paso TX Dee Margo, Oklahoma City, OK, David Holt, Fresno, CA, John Giles, Omaha, Jean Stothert, Colorado Springs, John Suthers, Virginia Beach, Bobby Dyer, Tulsa, OK. G. T. Bynum, and Arlington TX, Jeff Williams? They all have protests in their cities too.

amerigirl

Volt. I warned you. Ace will twist what he is saying to fit his agenda. Now it's why riots are happening in Dem cities, like equal rights in just a dem thing. He doesn't understand unity and support, or that these same riots are happening overseas. He won't admit there are peaceful protests either.

Voltaire

AG--Fair enough.

amerigirl

Do you listen to or read the news?

LetsBreal

OMG - So many school shootings. We need more police!

OMG - George Floyd. Defund and ban the police!

amerigirl

OMG - So many school shootings.....we need gun control

OMG - Unarmed black men being killed by police at an alarming rate.Body cameras and defund the police and put the money where it works.

amerigirl

For the same reason there are protest and rioting in republican cities. Who said (D)'s had all the answers?

tolerantleft

Finally, a sign we can all agree upon, “Black Dads Matter.” It’s the number one problem in the AA community. Liberal White Democrats have replace the black father with government. Read Walter Williams’ Race and Economics and you’ll understand.

RoundHillGuy

And the sounds of silence on Black lives mattering in Chicago and the fact that Ralph Blackface is still in office. Oh and the marxist utopia All you DEMS want known as CHAZ/CHOP has devolved into lawless chaos. #defundLOL

amerigirl

He has a name, or maybe we should just call you racistround, Try getting some realistic views and ease up on the trumpisms

Voltaire

RHG--no, that is not right. Yesterday, in the Chicago Tribune, Clarence Page, in his column, stated that there are protests about black on black violence yet the national media refuses to cover it so nobody knows that it happens. Governor Northam, whether you like it or not is irrelevant, has done NOTHING during his term as Governor that would support a recall/removal.

ace10

Are the Lefties still calling the rioters "bad apples?"

amerigirl

New term for you?

LetsBreal

Well said young lady!

https://twitter.com/TONYxTWO/status/1275051388431667200

amerigirl

What a lie. Biased racist and wrong. Do you understand what a peaceful protest is?

LetsBreal

Of course!! Anyone who doesn't agree with your idiotic views is racist and lying. It's like a universal truth (to you).

amerigirl

Why not just put the woman wrapped in the flag screaming KKK beliefs, about the same?

scottva

If Juneteenth is so sacred, then why so much violence on a day that is supposed to be meaningful? By violence, I mean black on black crime. Once again, hypocrisy surfaces. Sort of like Ramadan, supposed to be so sacred and yet that's when radical Muslims tend to slaughter other Muslims. I'm glad Christianity doesn't have a day or a month that is supposed to be sacred only to be overshadowed by violence and death.

amerigirl

What does black on black crime have to do with police brutality? Diversion

Fiscalconservative

How come every time I read about black lives matter nobody discusses abortion. Planned Parenthood kills more black babies than any other race. Why isn't anyone protesting Planned Parenthood? People should also be protesting Chicago, why is it they have more black on black deaths than anywhere else? If the BLM cause is going to succeed it must root out all evil not just sections of evil.

Voltaire

Fiscalconservative--Police Superintendant Dave Brown stated that the reason that Chicago has more black on black deaths than anywhere else is due to "gangs, guns, and drugs" There are over 70 gangs known to the Chicago Police Department. Turf wars are one of the main reasons for so many murders in the Chicago Metro Area.

amerigirl

Because that is not the subject. Abortion is legal, it sounds like you are the one protesting women's rights. That is called crime, there is a lot of crime in Chicago. Why is it that every time equal rights fr blacks is brought up all the republicans turn immediately to the black on black deaths in Chicago. It's like a group effort to change the subject? It has nothing to with people of color getting equality. You just want to change the subject.

scottva

Ahhhh, now I understand. So (20) blacks murdered in Chicago in the past (4) days is simply just "crime". Don't you think they would be interested in the broader "equal rights" discussion if they weren't dead? Isn't "inclusive" a big social justice warrior phrase? We're not changing the subject as you say, but broadening the overall subject to INCLUDE marginalized blacks that you so callously right off like a business filing chapter 11.

Your comment is very revealing: "WHY IS IT THAT EVERY TIME EQUAL RIGHTS FOR BLACKS IS BROUGHT UP ALL THE REPUBLICANS TURN IMMEDIATELY TO THE BLACK ON BLACK DEATHS IN CHICAGO". Based on this comment, equal rights for blacks is selective, which is not equal. AG, at least you're being consistent with your true feelings about which black people are worthy and which can just be written off as crime victims.

Voltaire

Scottva—yes, those 20 blacks murdered in Chicago in the past 4 days are victims of criminal activity. As Chicago Police Superintendent Doug Brown correctly pointed out in an article in the Chicago Tribune, those individuals either were directly or indirectly killed by “gangs, guns, and drugs.” The Chicago Police Department (CPD)’s viewpoint is correct. Given that those 20 blacks who were killed are now residents in the Cook County morgue and are now official police statistics, I don’t think that they would be interested in any discussion of equal rights. Furthermore, gangs, there approximately 70 according to the CPD’s Bureau of Records, really don’t give a care about having a philosophical conversation about “equal rights” either. For them, it is basic economics and obtaining/keeping territory and they don’t care who gets in their way.

amerigirl

NO you really don’t get it. I won’t assume what another person’s interest is or is not and you have no clue n it either. What does that have to do with police brutality? What does it have to do with proactive work like defunding the police and creating more community-based programs, if anything it is a prime example of why it should happen? You are changing the subject. So why do republicans always try to change the narrative? In no way does that change rights. You don’t have a clue about my feelings, so don’t pervert them. Your attitude of we can’t fix somethings because there are just too many things to fix is just a do nothing attitude.

tolerantleft

We need to tear down all Planned Parenthood facilities. After all, PP was started by Margaret Sanger, a Racist.....

amerigirl

Fact Check; Did Margaret Sanger believe in eugenics?Yes, but not in the way Ben Carson (or you) implied.Eugenics was a discipline, championed by prominent scientists but now widely debunked, that promoted "good" breeding and aimed to prevent "poor" breeding. The idea was that the human race could be bettered through encouraging people with traits like intelligence, hard work, cleanliness (thought to be genetic) to reproduce. Eugenics was taken to its horrifying extreme during the Holocaust, through forced sterilizations and breeding experiments. For her it wasn't about race it was (in her words) "the process of weeding out the unfit [and] of preventing the birth of defectives.". Many people rely on PP for health care. Republicans seem to want to take their health care away with getting rid of PP and the ACA, with no ther plan.

Loudoun4Trump

The students may want to look at the black on black crime stats.....they will learn that the only time a black life matters is when a white cop shoots a black person, which is extremely rare....in 2019....10 black americans were killed by police....more than 7,000 were killed by each other in 2019....The democrat government plantation works just like it use to except taxpayers subsidize the democrats evil work now....give inner city kids no education so they stay dumb and easy to manipulate (check), give them just enough to survive in poverty programs (thank you LBJ, check).....break down the family unit 2 parent households in DC dropped from 77% in the early 60s to 23% today (check)....they do this through perverse incentives to ensure single parent households are the rule not exception....and then incorporate extreme violence in the area to keep everyone in constant fear and in need of big government.... welcome to america in 2020....also, just got the snitch line to call for anyone who is not wearing a mask, not sure if they will start to put gold stars on people who do not comply, but we probably aren;t far from that.....very sad, but not surprising compared to what democrats have done throughout American history....

Duncan Idaho

In 2019, 250 Black people were fatally shot by the police. Of the 250 killed, 14 were unarmed, according to the Washington Post's data.

Care to revise your BS statistics?

scottva

14 murdered in chicago this past weekend, including a 3 year old. There have been more black on black murders in the past 3 weeks than the past 3 years of unarmed blacks killed by cops. You need to do a better job if you want to try and spin the numbers because it's simply not possible to compare black on black versus blacks killed by cops

gtrunner

I share your frustration with the perspective of murdered African Americans in the US. Approximately 97% of all murdered African Americans were killed by other African Americans who aren’t in law enforcement. Why does all that murder only get attention by law enforcement? Shouldn’t all of the societal justice warriors be protesting to stop African Americans from killing each other?

amerigirl

Do you live in Chicago? You bring it up all the time. I know that is the worse place for crime in the US, but why the obsession? It is very easy to compare the numbers, people committing crimes against each other and people with authority killing people.

Voltaire

AG--maybe scottva grew up there and/or has family members who live in Chicago? Just guesses on my part.

scottva

Chicago is widely used when discussing black on black crime. Why? Because that's where the highest level of black on black crime occurs. Also, they are one of a few cities that actually track all of these stats. In fact, a great one is heyjack$$ . com is a very detailed site. Replace the $$ with ss.com and see for yourself. Would it make a difference if I used Pittsburgh, Dallas, LA, SF or DC? The numbers would be lower but the story is exactly the same.

amerigirl

Volt, seriously doubt it. He and some others always bring up Chicago to change the subject when there is anything about gun control or another unarmed black man killed by a cop. It is an on going theme with them to divert from the real problems. I think they can think that bringing up a problem that may be worse justifies what they are being faced with.

Voltaire

gtgunner--there are protests calling for the end of black on black violence. However, as Clarence Page stated in the Chicago Tribune, the national media does not cover these events so nobody is aware of them. The killing of an individual is a criminal infraction, it will always get the attention of law enforcement.

LetsBreal

I don't care about WAPO and their politically correct massaged data. Familiarize yourself with the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting tables at FBI.gov.

Table 43 - Arrests by Race and Ethnicity - 2018 says it all.

amerigirl

No it doesn't. What does back on black crime have to do with it anyway? Is that how you are going to justify your hatred of BLM?

scottva

@AG - The complete neglect and acknowledgment of how serious black on black murders isn't relevant? You are supporting an organization that doesn't say a peep about these atrocities in black communities. The hatred of BLM can start right there. They are entirely political and could give a rip about the black communities killing each other off. Think I'm wrong? Go look at the M4LM platform and tell me you see ANYTHING in their platform that expresses concern for the rampant murderous activity black communities live with day and night. That makes it (9) additional reasons to hate BLM.

Jumping Subjects: Riddle me this one AM, if what we have been told that black people are much more vulnerable to COVID, then why would a county in Oregon pass a law that states "all non-minorities" are required to wear a mask? Makes as much sense as BLM logic.

scottva

I don't disagree, however, the only reason WaPo's stats are relevant is because the NAACP uses these stats and only at the highest level. So when I find myself in head pounding discussions, I will tell others that I am simply using the same stats as the NAACP. Shuts them up for a minute or two and then they call me a racist or a white supremacist. I wear that as a badge of honor because of their shear ignorance!

Voltaire

Scottva--according to a column in the Chicago Tribune today, columnist Clarence Page stated that "...Black people do get out and march against Black-on-Black violence in their communities. But, sad to say, Black-on-Black protests don’t get as much media attention outside the African American press as those that cross racial lines." So, it would appear that the national media is at fault for not effectively covering these black-on-black protests and providing that information to the general populace.

amerigirl

Scott, NO it is not relevent to equality and the fact thaat unarmed black men are being abused n=and killed by the police. It is like doing a cancer research and saying but most people die from heart disease. How would that be relevant to the cancer research? You are just trying to divert from the situation.

amerigirl

Which means what if cops are never held responsible to begin with? If what cops do isn't recorder than those stats don't mean jack.

amerigirl

Scott, show where NAACP uses WAPO stats,

Loudoun4Trump

WaPo stats....hahahhahahahah.....go to the US government stats.....

amerigirl

They only have reported stats, not all the stats, hahahahahahahaha

Loudoun Observer

104 black people were shot in the city of Chicago last weekend. I think what we're hearing from BLM is that this is ok. What's that sign they keep holding up on TV? "silence is consent". I hear their silence.

Voltaire

LO--According to new Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and the Chicago Tribune, there were 106 people shot in the city of Chicago, 14 fatally. I don't think that BLM would approve of this violence. However, as the Police Superintendent stated to the Chicago Tribune, the causes of this violence are "gangs, guns, and drugs". So how is BLM supposed to stop this? They can't. The only way to stop gang violence is through proactive policing. However, as Chicago illustrates, the political class can be more harmful than helpful. The Chicago Police Department had a gang unit that was effective. However, the Mayor, Rahm Emanuel at the time, decided to disband that unit in favor for more beat patrols. This is a perfect illustration why politicians should leave policing to the professionals.

amerigirl

Again trying to change the subject. Diversion, diversion. Every time. Tell me what does that have to do with equality and police brutality? Maybe defunding the police and putting funds into the community would stop some of the killing. You hear silence because you are not listening to what they are really saying, you are trying to change the subject to justify not agreeing with equality.

Voltaire

AG--in the case of Chicago, I seriously doubt that shifting some funding from police operations and putting it into social programs will solve the gang problem. It may (key word there) stop younger people from joining if they have a viable alternative. However, the only way to stop the more "senior" gang membership is through proactive policing. It would help if the Chicago/Cook County judicial circuit would impose harsher sentences but that doesn't appear to happen any time soon.

amerigirl

Over exaggeration again. Most Most police brutality isn't even reported so how do you have factual stats?

scottva

AG Really? - "Most police brutality isn't even reported so how do you have factual stats?" I'd be curious to see your stats or resources that states most police brutality isn't reported. How many is "most" that aren't reported? Where exactly are "most" of these police brutality incidents occurring that aren't reported? Is it only black victims or are there some white victims as well that aren't being reported? What's the average age of the people the police are brutalizing that aren't reported? There is nothing quantifiable in your comment, in fact, your comment completely diminishes innocent black lives lost at the hands of criminals in their community.

The man is citing specific information from the FBI and your response is it's an "over-exaggeration"? I wonder how some of the families would feel knowing that a white woman, in Loudoun County, believes that their son or daughter's murder by another black person is an "over-exaggeration". You're the perfect white guilt-ridden squakbox that BLM loves to have on their side, however, you know nothing about their goals so maybe not.

If FBI and DOJ stats are an over exaggeration then so are all other stats the government produces

amerigirl

Of those even reported, police are charged, they’re rarely convicted. The National Police Misconduct Reporting Project analyzed 3,238 criminal cases against police officers from April 2009 through December 2010. They found that only 33 percent were convicted, and 36 percent of officers who were convicted ended up serving prison sentences. Both of those are about half the rate at which members of the public are convicted or incarcerated.If they are not charged then it does not go into the stats. There is no national system for reporting police misconduct, and state agencies are often reluctant to release any details about investigations into police wrongdoing.That means some of the most reliable data sets on police misconduct — usually focusing on shootings — come from journalists, researchers or political activists who study it, not the federal government. And according to data from Philip M. Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, who collects one of the most reliable data sets on police prosecutions, only a handful of police officers are charged with murder or manslaughter every year.Stinson’s Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database is among the best sources available on prosecutions of police; it logs 10,287 criminal arrest cases between 2005 and 2014 involving 8,495 non-federal sworn law enforcement officers. A WSJ analysis finds hundreds of homicides by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. between 2007 and 2012 are not included in FBI records.Also see https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

amerigirl

What does that have to do with police killing unarmed black men? diversion, diversion

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