New Castle mayor walks shoulder to shoulder with demonstrators

New Castle mayor walks shoulder to shoulder with demonstrators

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Chris Frye took office in January as the New Castle’s first African American mayor. He walked with protesters Sunday and he is hoping to lead by example.

“I haven’t been able to watch it,” Frye said about the video of George Floyd’s final moments.

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He said he understands the outrage, pain and that people need to express themselves in response. About 100 people did that on Sunday and Frye was walking with them shoulder to shoulder along with police chief Bobby Salem.

“This is the way to do it. Why should we have to bust down a wall when the door is open and we can walk through it,” Frye said.

He told Channel 11 he is taking a proactive approach and is reaching out to organizers, asking them how he can best support their efforts.

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