NEW BRUNSWICK. N.J. - Some 300 people gathered at the location of the 2011 shooting of a black man by a New Brunswick police officer to protest the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis, Minn., police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes.
Floyd's death has set off protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities.
It also rekindled emotions of the shooting death of Barry Deloatch, who was shot twice by a New Brunswick cop at Feaster Park at the corner of Throop Avenue and Handy Street.
Saturday's peaceful protest moved through nearby streets. Some chanted, "No justice, no peace." Others brandished signs inscribed with the words, "Black Lives Matter."
The crowd consisted of a mix of black and white people.
The march was organized and led by local activist Tormel Pittman, who invoked the names of Deloatch, Treyvon Martin, Mike Brown and others.
"We put this together in 18 hours," Pittman said. "Imagine what we could do together without being killed."
Floyd, 46, had been accused of trying to use a counterfeit bill at a local deli. He recently lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chauvin and fellow officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were fired the following day.
On May 29. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
According to a New York Times report, the protestors have taken to the streets of several cities. They damaged police vehicles in Atlanta and New York, blocked major streets in San Jose and Detroit and lit a fire inside the Multnomah County Justice Center in Portland, Ore.
In New Brunswick, the protest was peaceful, but decidely loud.
Pittman led the crowd in call and response slogans. When he said "Hands up," the crowd responded, "Don't shoot."
Several people brandished signs. One sign scrawled on the back of a repurposed Amazon box read, "Abolish the police."
Pittman called for systematic changes to the system of law and order as the protest stopped at various spots around the city, including the front door of the New Brunswick Police station.
The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey issued a statement Saturday, called the images of Floyd's death "deeply disturbing."
According to the statement, "In New Jersey, the law enforcement community is fortunate to have developed a positive relationship with our residents. Our police officers and state troopers routinely conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and respect for the members of the communities they serve. This has been particularly apparent over the past few months as our officers have managed the added responsibility of enforcing significant restrictions on our normal activities with sensitivity to the stress that our residents are experiencing in the midst of this public health crisis."