BOSTON (CBS) – A group of nurses at a Boston hospital took a knee together early Thursday morning to show their support for nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Many of the nurses wore black and some held signs as they joined together outside Brigham and Women’s Hospital around 6:30 a.m. before getting down on one knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds. That’s the same amount of time former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck during an arrest that led to Floyd’s death on May 25.

A group of nurses took a knee outside the hospital early Thursday morning, (WBZ-TV)

Chauvin and three other officers were fired and criminally charged. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder.

“I thought it was very moving to see people coming into work showing solidarity, even if they hadn’t planned to protest, to just kneel in support,” said Brigham nurse Roberta Biens.

One nurse held a sign that read “You clapped for us. We kneel for you.”

A group of nurses took a knee outside the hospital early Thursday morning. (WBZ-TV)

“I just want everybody to know they’re not alone, we’re with them and we’ll stand in front of them or behind them, wherever we need to be to support them,” Biens said.

The event was organized by the nurses and not the hospital.

“We have a nursing page for the union that we support each other through. One of our colleagues posted she wanted to do something from us, from the nurses of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” Biens said.

A similar event is expected at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Comments (3)
  1. Vincent Vega says:

    peer pressured into virtue signaling. the protests and kneeling are meaningless.

  2. MJB says:

    Get up – stand up and have pride in yourselves and who you are! I will never be subservient to anyone – hell will freeze over first. This is a pathetic and disgusting display and you are playing into the hands of people that want to overrun our country and government through anarchy. This is getting to be all too much – get up on your feet!!! This is not a race issue anymore! The key to anyone’s success, Black, White, Asian, whatever is education not kneeling down in front of the world.

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