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'March on the Suburbs' protests organized in Mooresville, other communities

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Posted at 12:31 AM, Jul 04, 2020

MOORESVILLE — A protest was held Friday evening in Mooresville as the protests, gatherings, and conversations about race continue across the nation.

Lucas Maurizio, who helped organize Friday's protest in Mooresville, says he was inspired by historical civil rights leaders, like the Freedom Riders.

He wanted to have the protests in the suburbs and majority-white communities.

More than 100 people showed up, including those in opposition, to the protest Friday, Maurizio said. Mooresville is 96 percent white, according to U.S. Census data.

In the coming days, more protests are planned in Plainfield, Carmel, Avon, and Fishers.

Maurizio said he wants people to know the protests are supposed to be peaceful and not violent or destructive.

With the recent protests and conversations about race, he said the protests are a way for people to be a part of history and start listening to Black voices.

"Try to educate yourself," Maurizio said.

"We expect all parties to be respectful of one another," a Facebook post Thursday from the Mooresville Metropolitan Police Department read. "Any violation of State Law or Local Ordinance will be handled accordingly and may result in arrest. The Mooresville Police Department and the Town of Mooresville respect the right of citizens to peaceably assemble, the right of free speech, and the right to bear arms."

WRTV reached out to the police department early Saturday morning to see if any arrests or complaints were made during the protest and are awaiting a response.