AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Sunday in Downtown Amarillo, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters marched in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Monday, May 25.
You can watch the protest from today in the video below.
The protesters also focused on holding police officers accountable for their actions.
The protest started at Amarillo City Hall as people from all races and backgrounds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.
Organizer, Titus Gilner, says they are standing in solidarity with George Floyd and the national movement.
Tremaine Brown, a local business owner, shared the importance of protesting to support the cause.
“The only important thing about these rallies is that we can pop out these cell phones and film these ugly hearts. We don’t plan on eradicating the ugly hearts, but we are going to show them and we want swift justice and we want proper justice because our lives matter,” said Brown.
Amarillo Police helped ease tensions between the protesters and a group who says they came to protect the city and community from destruction.
As the protesters started moving down sixth street to Sam Houston Park, police lined the street to help control traffic and protect protesters from people who disagreed along the way.
There were conflicts at some bars along sixth street as protesters marched and even some armed individuals, but people acted as barriers and kept the protest moving.
As the protest ended at Sam Houston, a moment of silence was held to honor victims lost to police violence.
Julian Reese, says coming together and moving forward is the key.
“It means a lot because we are in this together, no man is an island that stands alone. So the only way to get there this is to have a difference of opinion, but have the same conclusion which is peace,” said Reese.
Before the protest, the Amarillo Police Department released a statement on Saturday, May 31 regarding Sunday’s protest:
The Amarillo Police Department is aware of several planned protests in Amarillo in the next few days. We fully support the constitutionally protected right for people to peacefully assemble. Our officers will stand guard to protect your right to speak your voice in protest. If needed, we will walk with you to keep you safe and to keep our city safe. Please beware of individuals who might try to interrupt your rights with violence or destruction. Persons who damage property or assault anyone will not be tolerated and will be removed from the area and arrested.
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