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Protesters march for George Floyd in Waukesha, officers show support and kneel

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jun 01, 2020

WAUKESHA, Wis. — George Floyd's death while in Minneapolis Police custody continues to send protesters to the streets.

A march in Waukesha lasted for more than four hours Monday. A group of at least a hundred people marched to the Waukesha County Courthouse, the city's downtown, neighborhoods and major streets chanting Floyd's name and calling for justice.

"Everything since we were brought here this is what this has caused. It’s been a build-up of everything," said Simon Warren who came out from Milwaukee.

"I’m a teacher, and sometimes I get worried about sharing my perspective, but you know I have an African-American son and I think it’s important that white people are out here supporting the cause showing solidarity," said mother Courtney Lloyd.

Throughout the demonstration, protesters knelt, laid face down with their hands behind their backs, and chanted "I can't breathe."

At times there were instances of mutual support expressed between law enforcement and people marching.

People on the sidelines watched some cheering protesters on and offering water.

Some businesses closed up shop for the day in fear of potential vandalism, but organizers said a peaceful protest was a priority.

Waukesha Police and sheriff's deputies blocked off traffic, but they did not stop there.

A few times law enforcement showed their support kneeling and shaking hands with protesters.

"People need to understand what’s happening in the community is not right at all. It’s unfortunate black people have to die in the street and we have to do these protests For our boy voice to be heard, that’s all we want," said Donovan Gibson, one of the protest organizers.

During the last stop at the Waukesha Police Department, Gibson expressed appreciation for police officers and how local officers helped shape him at Waukesha South High School.

"At the end of the day, we out here breaking our backs just like they out here breaking their backs. The fact that they really took the time and kneed down shows that they care. We need more officers around the streets like that," said Gibson.

Waukesha Police thanked protesters for the peaceful demonstration, adding they spent the previous night helping Milwaukee Police with a less than peaceful situation.

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