Rally Back The Blue Rally: 'They Protect Us From Evil' By Catrina Petersen • Aug 30, 2020 Catrina Petersen / WGLT Security guarded the Back The Blue rally entrance Sunday as Black Lives Matter counter protesters hovered nearby. Inside Park in Bloomington, hundreds of people gathered for what was billed as a simple “thank you” to local law enforcement. B-N Youth Activists Bring Peaceful Protest For Justice To Downs By Darnysha Mitchell & Tiffani Jackson • Jul 1, 2020 Tiffani Jackson / WGLT Bloomington-Normal Youth Activists along with 50 community members took to the streets in Downs on Wednesday to peacefully protest racism and police brutality. 'We’re Fed Up': Normal West Students Protest Racism, In-School Bias By Tiffani Jackson & Ryan Denham • Jun 30, 2020 Tiffani Jackson / WGLT The first day of Jasmyn Jordan’s sophomore year in high school was memorable. As she entered her history class at Normal West, she had her first racist experience. Next Gen Initiative's Second March Weaves Through Bloomington's East Side By Tiffani Jackson • Jun 9, 2020 Tiffani Jackson / WGLT More than 200 protesters gathered Monday night at Clearwater Park in east Bloomington and marched through nearby neighborhoods to speak out against racism. Motorcycle Group ABATE Condemns Hit-And-Run Attack On Demonstrators By Ryan Denham • Jun 4, 2020 Jeff Roberson / AP The state's leading advocacy group for motorcyclists is condemning the hit-and-run that injured two people after an NAACP rally Sunday in downtown Bloomington. Bloomington Man To Face Charges In Smoke Bomb Incident At Rally By Ryan Denham • Jun 4, 2020 McLean County Sheriff's Office / Facebook A 31-year-old Bloomington man faces preliminary charges of aggravated assault and battery after allegedly setting off a smoke bomb during a Black Lives Matter demonstration Wednesday night. 'Smoke Device' Scare Briefly Disrupts Youth-Led BLM Demonstration By Tiffani Jackson & Darnysha Mitchell • Jun 3, 2020 Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT A peaceful demonstration led in part by high school students was interrupted Wednesday when an agitator deployed what authorities called a harmless “smoke device,” in at least the second attempt to intimidate protestors in the past four days. Demonstration Brings Equality Message To Bloomington's East Side By Tiffani Jackson • Jun 2, 2020 Tiffani Jackson / WGLT More than 50 people marched through some of Bloomington’s more affluent neighborhoods Monday calling for justice and unity in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis.