BIG SPRING, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Residents in Big Spring are disappointed they say as the national conversation is centered on police and community relations and they haven’t heard enough from their City leaders on how Big Spring can also improve.
“How many times do I have to go out there and say hey I’m willing to talk I’m willing to listen?” said Shannon Thomason, the Mayor of Big Spring.
Jo Lavonne Burciaga, a protester and Big Spring resident said, “We’ve been protesting this is our fourth day that we are going out protesting and we’ve only seen him the first day and that was all for about maybe 5 minutes total.”
In her opinion, the community has not done enough, despite an art installation by a local artist the protestors feel that this is a band-aid on a larger issue.
“Love doesn’t equal equality, love doesn’t equal accountability, far and foremost love doesn’t equal justice for the murders that are happening. For him to allow her to paint that on that bridge to us it was kind of a slap in the face. Come and attend a protest, come show us that you morally support us some type of way,” said Burciaga.
The city of Big Spring did hold a city council meeting Tuesday evening but protesters say there was no mention of police-community relations or the killing of George Floyd.
“The agenda was already set last week in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act,” said the Mayor.
The group would also like to discuss body cams for officers in Big Spring. The Mayor said they have planned another meeting in the future to address police relations within the community.