OAKLAND, NJ - A Black Lives Matter protest billed as "justice for George Floyd...in solidarity with Minneapolis," although intense, was peaceful.
People assembled to protest the death of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer held him down for more than eight minutes with a knee on his neck. The event was captured on video and the officer has subsequently been arrested and charged with murder. Three other officers on the scene have been fired.
Police were present at Ramapo Indian Hills High School, 98 Yawpo Avenue, well before the scheduled 4 p.m. meeting time, where protesters met in the school's parking lot and then marched down to the Oakland Veteran Memorial, 1 Municipal Plaza, adjacent to the Oakland Police Station on Route 202.
Protesters marched down Yawpo Avenue from the high school onto East Oak Street and to Veteran's Park, about 1.5 miles.
Protesters, about 350 strong, chanted various sayings, including "black lives matter," "I can't breathe," and "no justice, no peace."
There were a few dissenters on the perimeter of the group, which challenged the crowd. At one point, one man chanted "let's make dinner," and was promptly shouted down.
On a side note, while many were wearing masks, social distancing was loosely adhered to, at best.