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LISTEN: Tacoma mayor reflects on police violence, numbness plaguing her city

Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards speaks during a demonstration over the weekend in response to last week's killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
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Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards speaks during a demonstration over the weekend in response to last week's killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

At an event initially organized to highlight racial dispartities in the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of demonstrators in Tacoma also protested police violence on Saturday, highlighting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

At People's Park, Mayor Victoria Woodards addressed the crowd.

"This week has been especially hard. And I don't have to tell you why because you already know," Woodards said. "But what I will say is: Enough is enough."

On Friday morning, before the demonstrations, Woodards spoke with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how police violence against African Americans has impacted her and the people she serves. Listen to their conversation above.

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.