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Peaceful rallies in Jersey City call for justice for George Floyd

Protesters gathered in front of Jersey City’s City Hall on June 6 to call for justice for George Floyd. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Hundreds of protesters convened outside of Jersey City’s City Hall and marched peacefully through the streets this week to demand justice for George Floyd. 

Led by Nevin Perkins from the Jersey City based, Black Men United Coalition and Jersey City Anti Violence Coalition, marchers called for the end of police brutality as they chanted names of Black Americans who have been killed by police.

“No Justice, No peace!” “George! Floyd!” the crowd chanted in unison. “Ahmaud Arbery!” “Breonna! Taylor!”

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck for several minutes while Floyd was handcuffed.

Floyd’s death has sparked protests over 700 cities and towns across all 50 states, according to USA Today

Many rallies had turned violent, with people setting police vehicles on fire, smashing windows and looting.

Demonstrations in Jersey City remained peaceful. Officers did not directly engage the crowd during the rallies.

Protesters holding up signs to call for justice for George Floyd. Photo by Shiyu Xu

“No Justice, No peace!” the crowd chanted in unison. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Protesters holding up signs to call for justice for George Floyd. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Police stood at the balcony of the city hall during the rallies. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Protesters holding up signs to call for justice for George Floyd. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Jersey City’s local residents painted “Black Lives Matter” on the ground. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Protester holding a sign to demonstrate justice to end racism. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Hundreds of protesters convened outside of Jersey City’s City Hall on June 6 to demand justice for George Floyd. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Protesters holding up signs to call for justice for George Floyd. Photo by Shiyu Xu