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"Die-In" Protest Brings Peaceful Turnout

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SALISBURY, Md. -- The second day of protests on the Eastern Shore sees another peaceful turnout.

Protestors gathered in downtown Salisbury to stage a community "die-in and justice vigil," according to a flyer passed around Tuesday evening.

The justice vigil is an effort to remember the lives of Baltimore's Freddie Gray who suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody April 19.

But protestors say the die-in is not just about Gray. Salisbury University student September Rush says she's doing this for future generations.

"It just scares me to think that if one day I have a son this might happen to him," said Rush. "So I want to do as much as I can to protect the future of my son, nephew or whoever I may have," she said.

Some die-in demonstrators, including SU student Nia Avery, say they feel like their voices have gone unheard.

"I've been a victim of silence and feeling like I can't speak out and feeling uncomfortable and feeling like I might not have the right things to say," said Avery, "but I feel that if I keep progressing then somebody will hear me. Somebody's going to listen."

Wednesday night's calm protest in Salisbury is a stark contrast to the chaos and destruction caused in Monday night's Baltimore riots.

Demonstrators at the die-in have a message for those violent rioters.

"Rioting and looting and all that bad stuff is not going to get you anywhere. So I hope that we can keep this peaceful," said Avery.

As protestors reclined on the sidewalks chanting 'black lives matter," some shared why Baltimore's struggle is also their struggle.

"Baltimore's struggle is my struggle because Baltimore could be Gaithersburg, or it could be Salisbury, or it could be anywhere," said SU student Ayana Glanville of northern Maryland.

"It's not just a Baltimore situation, it's a situation for the whole nation. If it's happening in Baltimore which is close to home, it could happen anywhere," Glanville said.

The city of Salisbury worked together with the police department and the county to provide blockades, extra patrol units, first responders, as well as portable toilets and water stations for the die-in demonstrators.

The Salisbury police department says the city has set up a 24-hour "rumor control" hotline through the Life Crisis Center.

People can call the number 2-1-1 to provide tips, information or ask questions about demonstrations or other related events happening in the Salisbury area.

The purpose of that hotline is to make sure people receive correct and the most updated information in Wicomico County.

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