HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Update (6/7): Police arrested 23 people during the protest. All were charged with disorderly conduct.
Saturday afternoon in Hoover a crowd peacefully protested the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody.
One demonstrator at the Hoover Municipal Center gathering offered insight on her experiences in society dealing with racism and discrimination. She has a message for others:
“I’m here to tell you that being black does not make you a criminal.”
Another protester took the mic to reflect on past incidences of police brutality, saying “You are not alone, we are going to keep fighting.”
At one point, many of the protesters laid down, repeating George Floyd’s last words when in police custody with an officer’s knee on his neck.
The protest in Hoover Saturday is one of several recent gatherings in Central Alabama and throughout the nation that were sparked by Floyd’s death.
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