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Austin community members host peaceful protest

KAAL-TV
Created: May 31, 2020 11:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Like many cities across the United States, community members in Austin held a protest to address injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody. 

"We all know that was murder. We all want to change it in some way shape or form, but at the same time, each and every single one of us, God gave us our own gifts, God gave us our own powers. So we can move the state, the city the country, anybody. One by one by one by one," said one protester.

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The group gathered at Bandshell Community Park, where speakers talked about their personal experiences with social injustice and being profiled because they are black.

Community members made signs and then the march began.

"The people united will never be divided," chanted the crowd.

The march circled the law enforcement building several times, where concrete barriers had been placed in anticipation of things taking a violent turn - which they did not. 

Demonstrators then took the protest into the streets of downtown Austin, where community members had set up support stations with free water, signs, and cameras. People honked their horns as the crowd kneeled in the streets every 4 blocks.

"Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter," they said.

One of the protestors said this demonstration is not about denouncing the police, because not all officers are bad. 

Officers escorted the protestors through the streets, keeping them safe from traffic but also assuring that things didn't take a turn. Officials said after walking through the community the crowd returned to the park and then disbanded.


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