Police officers have been joining the protests around the US, marching and kneeling in solidarity with the demonstrators as they continue to speak out against police brutality.
A Michigan sheriff joined protesters in Flint Township on Saturday, putting down his weapon and saying, “I want to make this a parade, not a protest.”
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson was met with cheers when he told the group of protesters he wanted to join them in their march.
— gwen campbell (@souptogo) May 31, 2020
JJ Milliken, another Swanson supporter, said via Twitter: “#WalkWithUs is how we change a system that murdered #GeorgeFloyd. It requires mindfulness of our actions and beliefs. Chris Swanson exemplifies the deputies and officers I know and respect. Community-first mentality and lead by example. This is a mindful action. This is change.”
#WalkWithUs is how we change a system that murdered #GeorgeFloyd. It requires mindfulness of our actions and beliefs. Chris Swanson exemplifies the deputies and officers I know and respect. Community-first mentality and lead by example. This is a mindful action. This is change. https://t.co/RQ6vvGwFSX
— JJ (@JJMilliken) May 31, 2020
Meanwhile, New Jersey police from Camden County also joined the protesters, marching in their ranks with banners reading “standing in solidarity”.
The local business owner who organised the protest said it was “really moving” to have the officers stand with them as they marched against police brutality.
“They were like, ‘This is your march, we’re marching behind you, you lead the way,’ and that’s what we did,” salon owner Yolanda Deaver told ABC America.
— Camden County Police (@CamdenCountyPD) May 31, 2020
In California, officers from the Santa Cruz Police Department took a knee alongside hundreds of protesters lining a downtown street.
Their chief Andy Mills was among them, with Santa Cruz Mayor Justin Cummings also joining in the crowd.
SCPD is fully supportive of peaceful protests @CityofSantaCruz and we always keep them safe.
Hundreds gathered on Pacific Ave in #SantaCruz, taking a knee together in memory of George Floyd & bringing attention to police violence against Black people. PhotoCredit @Shmuel_Thaler pic.twitter.com/EmfAfcIZaM
— Santa Cruz Police (@SantaCruzPolice) May 30, 2020
Officers were also photographed taking a knee in honour of George Floyd in New York and Florida.
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