Hundreds of protesters marched down Main Street on Saturday afternoon, calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
The peaceful protest was one of hundreds of demonstrations that have been held around the country after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last month. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck while arresting him.
In Newark, the protesters gathered at the Newark Free Library and marched down Main Street as police blocked traffic. Chanting phrases like “Black Lives Matter,” “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “Say his name,” they walked the roughly mile and a half to the Newark Police station on South Main Street, where they gathered in the parking lot for a brief rally.
There, the crowd knelt in memory of Floyd and other victims of police brutality and later paused for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, representing the amount of time officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck.
A few of the protesters addressed the crowd via a megaphone before the march continued down Delaware Avenue and back to the library.
“We’re fighting for justice. We’re fighting for equality,” said one woman, who didn’t give her name. “We’re fighting for rights that some of you guys here were born with, like everyone should be born with. But for some reason we don’t have them.”