Updated: June 01, 2020 06:33 PM
Created: June 01, 2020 04:11 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A second protest about the treatment of Black people in America at the Hall of Justice in Rochester remained peaceful Monday.
Organizers say the Black Lives Matter protest was a second attempt after a similar protest Saturday led to the destruction of city-owned property and looting of businesses after the scheduled speakers were finished and many of the protestors left.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Saturday that the destruction was caused by outsiders who came into the city to create chaos.
Protestors chanted peacefully according to News10NBC’s crew at the scene.
Chants include “hands up, don’t shoot” which the protesters repeatedly returned to. pic.twitter.com/CFuazaLx1O— Charles Molineaux (@WHEC_cmolineaux) June 1, 2020
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies were on scene, standing by.
Only a few Monroe County deputies on the periphery of the demonstration.— Charles Molineaux (@WHEC_cmolineaux) June 1, 2020
Far more of them standing by, just inside the hall of justice building. pic.twitter.com/0ITQqSyfd1
A line of police officers blocked off access to Police Headquarters at Exchange Boulevard. Protestors turned their backs on the officers and marched back north.
Rochester police now blocking exchange Street and access to police headquarters. pic.twitter.com/xfH3cYspGd— Charles Molineaux (@WHEC_cmolineaux) June 1, 2020
Confronted by a line of At least 30 Rochester police, protesters “Turn their back’s“ on police and marched back north on exchange. pic.twitter.com/ANn3wpLEZX— Charles Molineaux (@WHEC_cmolineaux) June 1, 2020
Though the protest was catalyzed by the death of George Floyd in police custody last week, protestors say the core of the protest runs much deeper.
"It doesn't just start with the city, the inner city," protestor Kevonna Buchanan said. "Yes it has its problems but so do the suburbs, so does Penfield, Fairport, Webster, Gates, Henrietta, all of them. Chili, Churchville, we all have our issues, but we also have our strengths. We do. And a lot of this community was built on the backs of black people and people of color. So we want to have justice because we're tired of walking outside and feeling criminalized for being ourselves."
One protestor brought her teenage son.
"I have a teenage son who really wanted to show his solidarity and be involved in the actions," Christine Gervais said. "I did not want to come out in the petri dish of protest during a pandemic but feel a responsibility to help young people pick up the mantle. There is no reason why decade after decade, generation after generation, we should still be protesting the same old issues in America."
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