Police and protesters clashed in cities around the United States Saturday night, but there were also peaceful protests being held to honor the memory of George Floyd and to call out racism and police brutality.
“People seem determined to share only violent images tonight. Please make sure that the massive peaceful protests like this one in Chicago get just as much attention,” @JoshuaPotash said on Twitter.
He tweeted an aerial video showing protesters peacefully marching down the street in Chicago, without vandalizing property, violence or looting.
In Flint, Michigan, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson marched with protesters, according to a video shared by NBC channel 25.
“We want to be with y’all for real,” he said. “I took my helmet off, laid the batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest.”
In Temecula, California, there was a beautiful moment of silence.
In that same city, @lewismurray__ shared a photo of a sheriff hugging a protestor.
While there was hugging, there was also lots of dancing.
Take this moment in Newark, New Jersey that @FrostyTheSkid captured. The video showed protesters doing the “Tootsie Slide” in the street as they held signs and came out to protest racism and police brutality.
In another viral moment, protestors were captured on video dancing in Los Angeles, California as well.
“This was beautiful … absolutely beautiful,” tweeted @HarrisonSanford. “This thing went sideways once the cops tried to stop the march from getting into Beverly Hills going west of Fairfax and 3rd.”
Protestors didn’t only break out in dance, they also broke out into song. “Peaceful protests in Canton, Ohio breaks into song,” tweeted @Jake_Friel. “What a beautiful thing this is to see. #unity”
“Harlem’s protest for George Floyd is very peaceful,” tweeted Frederick Joseph. “Don’t let anyone lie.”
In Minneapolis, Cabdikhadar, who did not want to give his last name, brought his four young children to a peaceful protest outside the fifth police precinct. The kids held signs with messages, including: “I don’t trust police anymore. Stop police brutality.”
Hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered outside Lowell Police Station in Massachusetts, where they held signs and came together to protest police brutality and racism.
Here are more moments of peaceful protest from around the nation:
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