ELSMERE, Ky. — Hundreds marched along Dixie Highway in Northern Kentucky Sunday afternoon in protest of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and police brutality across the country.
The march, which stretched about two miles long, was in protest of the death of Floyd, who died on Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
Fort Mitchell resident Murray Burnam said the end goal is to promote change.
“People in general are tired of seeing these things flaunted in our faces on camera, and then the end result is acquittal, no conviction, move to another police department," Burnam said.
Protesters chanted along the route and bystanders cheered along the highway. Protesters marched to the Elsmere Police Department, where they took a knee in solidarity with the black community.
Dnai Burnett, of Independence, said the event was about standing together – regardless of race.
“It’s encouraging to see the support we’re receiving, not only from persons of color but from white Americans as well,” Burnett said. “I did see a sign out here that said I don’t understand, but I will stand. And that means a lot to us.”
Burnam said the movement can’t fizzle out and that peaceful protesting needs to continue until the country is free of systemic racism. He said he is hopeful that will happen.