HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Demonstrators marched in downtown Huntsville Saturday afternoon during a peaceful rally in honor of George Floyd, a man who died in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer was seen on video kneeling on his neck.
Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest were later fired. Derek Chauvin, the former officer that was identified as the officer in the video pinning down Floyd, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Rally organizer Caleb Snell said, “I cant as a citizen of this country stand idle and allow stuff like this to happen.”
Chants of “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter” were heard as several dozen walked. The rally remained peaceful as many carried signs while wearing face masks. Demonstrators said they marched in solidarity for black men and women who have faced racism in the United States.
Huntsville police were on scene to ensure everyone’s safety while demonstrators exercised their First Amendment rights. Police said three counterprotesters were asked to leave the area.
Several demonstrators were frightened after an unknown object was thrown in a storm drain. Police said they don’t know who threw it. The rally reorganized shortly after.
“We want change and we want it now. We are not going anywhere,” said demonstrator Aaron Horton. “My people are here. My people are hurting. We are tired, we are fed up and we are not going anywhere.’