NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A large group of people were outside the Northampton Police Department Monday afternoon demanding change after the death of George Floyd.
Demonstrators started at Sheldon Field, as they marched their way to Northampton’s police station. Many holding signs saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and Justice for Floyd.
22News spoke to one demonstrator who was with his 5 year old son:
“It seems like we are in a historic moment here. I remember protests for Trayvon Martin and all kinds of black folk being killed by police in past years and this is just the largest upsurge yet and maybe this is enough to maybe make some real change.”Alex Kahn, Northampton
George Floyd died in police custody last week after an employee at a grocery store called police to accuse him of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin allegedly pressed his knee down on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. While being restrained, Floyd was saying he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
Many people 22News spoke with say they just want to see change and end racism in our country.
People around the world have been protesting and have also taken to social media expressing their anger and disappointment in the situation. A petition has been started on Change.org for Floyd and so far 10,555,552 have signed. The petition is aiming for a goal of 12,000,000 to sign.