TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy joined countless others across the country in a moment of silence that lasted 8 minutes, 46 seconds - the exact amount of time a white police office in Minneapolis, Minn., pinned George Floyd to the ground on May 25.
Floyd died after Derek Chauvin used knee to hold Floyd down while he was handcuffed, inspiring protests in the streets of cities across the country. From New York to Atlanta to Houston to Los Angeles, protestors have sought to honor Floyd and denounce institutional racism.
Thursday's silent protest was organized by the NAACP, which used social media to encourage others to participate.
A somber memorial service was held for Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday, with Rev. Al Sharpton delivering a touching, poignant eulogy.
Murphy's office released a photo of him in silent contemplation at 3:45 p.m., when the silent protest commenced.
In recent days, Murphy has used the briefings to address racial injustice and announce an overhaul of police force guidelines.
He applauded protestors in the Garden State for conducting peaceful yet impassioned protests, which is in stark contrast to the violent clashes with police seen in several areas, including Washington, DC.
He has also urged protestors to wear masks and observe social distancing in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Superintendent of State Police Col. Pat Callahan said during today's news conference that the majority of the 100 or so protests held throughout New Jersey have been peaceful.
Callahan said there were 19 protests planned across the state today.
New Brunswick was home to at least two protests, including one Saturday organized by city activist Tormel Pittman that drew more than 300 people.
Salvador Mena, vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers-New Brunswick, wrote in a letter to the community: "As Scarlet Knights, our commitment to our values of inclusion, equity, and respect for all human dignity reminds us that we have both a collective and individual responsibility to each other in responding to these injustices and that it is more important now than ever before for each of us to engage with one another in meaningful ways. I hope you will do your part, as I will do mine, in reaching out to one another, checking in, and lending support."
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other Minneapolis cops are facing charges stemming from Floyd's death.