Hundreds gather in Amherst to rally against police violence

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds gathered in Amherst Sunday afternoon in protest of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer.

People gathered along South Pleasant Street with cars honking as they drove by. Protesters held signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and calling for the end to police violence. They were chanting “Whose world? Our world!” as well the names of those who have died from police violence.

22News spoke with a few protesters Sunday, who agreed enough is enough.

“We are here today because the police injustice that’s going on in our country, it’s disgusting,” Isaiah Meade of Amherst said. “Things need to change, policies need to change — whatever we can do as people, whatever we can do as a nation — we should do it.”

“I am tired of seeing racial injustice in America and I think it’s about time that the young generation step it up,” fellow protester Hawa Taiawally added.

“I am disgusted, I am heartbroken, I am angry because this could have been me, this could’ve been my little brother,” Meade continued. “It’s unspeakable. I cannot speak of it. I cannot be a person of color in certain spaces and worry about the safety of my children.”

Emotions were high Sunday but the protest remained peaceful. Protesters were also asked to maintain social distancing efforts as much as possible.

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