RED BANK, NJ: The protest/rally to celebrate and remember the life of George Floyd took place peacefully yesterday, starting at 3:00pm, with an estimated crowd of 500 marching from Marine Park, up Broad Street and concluding at Count Basie Park.
George Floyd was the African American man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, on May 25. Funeral services for Floyd took place yesterday in Texas, and he was laid to rest next to his mother.
Organized by the Calvary Baptist Church, “We’re gathering here today to bring awareness to a lot of the injustices going on in the world,” said Reverend Ken McGhee.
A local Rabbi offered a prayer prior to the start of the march. To watch the video of that prayer, click HERE.
The marchers were spread out at approximately one and half miles and repeatedly chanted, “No Justice, No Peace,” “Black Lives Matter, Hands Up,” “Don’t Shoot,” “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Racist Cops/Donald Trump Have Got to Go,” and, “Say His Name, George Floyd.”
To watch a video of protesters marching up Broad Street, click HERE.
They gathered at the Count Basie field sitting in the stands, respecting (somewhat), social distancing, and listening to several speeches.
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