BOSTON (CBS) – A crowd of protesters gathered at City Hall Plaza in Boston on Sunday afternoon in response to the death of George Floyd, which has sparked nationwide unrest.
Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on his neck while trying to arrest him after he said he couldn’t breathe.
Protesters began at City Hall then went to Beacon Hill and Boylston Street before ending on Boston Common.
In front of the State House, a moment of silence was held followed by applause.
Boston police officers on bikers followed protesters, who were remained mostly peaceful, along the way.
A moment of silence for #GeorgeFloyd just beyond the MA Statehouse followed by applause. So far, it has been peaceful. BPD officers on bikes, riding alongside protesters. #WBZ pic.twitter.com/nXo8SRjuDT
— Tiffany Chan (@TiffanyChanWBZ) May 31, 2020
Protesters were asked to wear coronavirus protective masks and practice social distancing if possible.
While keeping six feet away from others in the crowd was difficult, the majority of people appeared to be wearing masks.
“I don’t want to go on the street and I don’t want to pray when I leave my house that am I going to get shot? Is someone going to look at me wrong?” one woman said.
A man added, “I’m sick and tired of people feeling like they need to pity us, we don’t need your pity, we need empowerment.”
The protest was not the only one to take place Sunday. Another demonstration brought thousands together on Sunday evening.
Protests were also held in Boston Friday night. A total of 10 people were arrested and four officers were injured.