Alexandria residents stand in solidarity

Unlike many in wake of George Floyd death, protest is peaceful

Protest 4215.jpg
Alexandria residents gather for a witness in solidarity for people of color on Sunday morning. The silent stnace in downtown Alexandria stemmed from the death of George Floyd on May 25, in Minneapolis. (Jared Ruabdo / Echo Press)

More than 100 Douglas County residents gathered Sunday morning in a witness of solidarity for black and brown people. After the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, Alexandria activist Jon Koll organized a gathering for local people to peacefully speak their minds. However, they weren’t physically saying anything.

“We made this silent, and let our signs do the talking,” Koll said. “We had around 100 people show up with about 25 more joining in throughout the morning. I thought it went really well with only a few instances.”

Gatherers were met with approval of many bystanders throughout the morning. Although the statement was a positive overall, there are always outliers.

“We had a truck rev the engine and blow smoke into us at the stoplight. Another guy threatened to burn down the Big Ole statue,” Koll said. “We had a plan if things got bad. The people with us were tremendous. I think we had the best possible outcome for something like this.”

Koll wanted to make the point that this was not a protest or a rally. Instead, he called it a witness.


The peaceful Alexandria demonstration was in contrast to the protests in the Twin Cities and around the world that have turned violent. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called on the National Guard to help bring order in the Twin Cities.

Floyd, a black man, died after a video showed a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes during a traffic stop. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder.

Protest 4255.jpg
Over 100 people stand along third street in a witness of solidairty for people of color on Sunday morning. Gatherers met in the morning for over two hours in reaction to the death of George Floyd on May 25, in Minneapolis. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
What To Read Next
Get Local