Milwaukee protests have stretched into a second straight week in the wake of the George Floyd killing. March organizers say they won’t be ending anytime soon.
A large crowd of people marched more than 10 miles Friday on Milwaukee’s south side. Protesters say they won’t stop until they see systemic changes that prove black lives matter.
“It is over for us losing lives and losing our children,” said a protester named Ray. “Everybody is sick of it, everybody of every ethnicity and nationality.”
Katelyn Proctor-Carrington said she’s marched 6 days straight for her 6-year-old son’s future.
“That he can be safe and be successful without being stereotyped, without being afraid, that he can be great just because he’s great and not because he’s black, but because he’s amazing and he deserves what everybody else in this country is entitled to,” she said.
Brandon Austin took off work Friday to attend his first protest to make the communal chants for change one voice stronger.
“We have to stand up for each other,” he said. “Black lives matter, obviously, and that doesn’t mean that all lives don’t matter and if you’ve said things in the past, if you’ve done things in the past, I hope that white people can know that we forgive them for doing those things and they can come and be part of it now because now is when it matters the most.”
Friday’s protest lasted more than 7 hours and remained peaceful the entire time. Milwaukee police monitored portions of the march, but officers kept their distance.