GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” has been echoing in cities across the U.S. after the world witnessed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin press his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
Floyd’s death has sparked protests all over the world including in Franklin County. Hundreds came together in Greenfield Saturday, to stand in solidarity with victims of police brutality and racial violence.
“When I saw that video, I honestly cried,” said Avery Jacobs. “I cried for 15 minutes. I really couldn’t stand to watch another black man be in that position.”
Protesters began at Town Common and then took to the streets in downtown. They held signs with phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “Justice for George.” Some took a knee at the intersection of Main Street and Bank Row.
All of the protesters filled the intersection on Main Street to express their frustration over Floyd’s death and all-Black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Police also blocked off the road to ensure they could protest peacefully and do it safely.
“Look we’re not going to put up with it,” Allen Harris of Shelburne Falls told 22News. “I’m not going to put up with it, these people won’t put up with it. And we are going to keep going until we get some real action.”
“It’s time for a change,” fellow protester Dillon Dudek added. “I want my kids to look at me and realize that I stood for the people that are oppressed in their time of need.”
More than a thousand people participated in Greenfield’s protest. They ended at the police station, however it remained peaceful and there were no incidents.