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The Rev. Doug Alexander.

On Monday, the Rev. Doug Alexander invited community leaders to gather for a dialogue of unity and peace in light of the violent protests around the nation prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody.

“I’m all for protesting, but not breaking the law,” Alexander, a former Citrus County sheriff’s deputy, said. “I’m all for protesting, but not destroying people’s property — it’s not right.”

Alexander has invited the sheriff, county commissioners, other community leaders and county residents interested in a peaceful dialogue to attend at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at the New Church Without Walls, 300 S. Kensington Avenue, Lecanto (next to the Holiday Inn Express).

“We understand that some of you are trying to organize a march, and we want to make sure we do things the right way,” Alexander said in a Facebook live video Monday morning. “You have a right to do that.”

He emphasized that the meeting Tuesday will be a peaceful one.

“There won’t be any drama,” he said. “We want it to be peaceful and we want to keep it that way.”