GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Justice for Black Lives held a protest and march Friday in downtown Grand Rapids.
It started around 4 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, where attendees marched to the Grand Rapids Police Department.
A Facebook page for the event showed 580 people as “going” or “interested.”
This is the second week in a row Justice for Black Lives has organized a protest and march.
After being asked by GRPD to move to the sidewalk and doing so, organizers have asked protestors to go home.— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 26, 2020
They’re inviting people to come back next week and continue the efforts. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/qQPlZeAUuP
Protestors have left GRPD and are heading back to Rosa Parks Circle - A number of people are out eating at local restaurants, some are showing what appears to be support by raising their fists @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/HywH4TP53c— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 25, 2020
Access to GRPD is blocked off at Fulton & Division St.— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 25, 2020
There are number of officers there too.
Protestors are chanting “I don’t see no riot here, so why are you in riot gear?” @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/YTZDQlYufc
Protestors have arrived at GRPD - The department is blocked off and there are seven officers outside wearing helmets and face shields, but not full riot gear. There are a handful of other officers behind the building’s doors. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/vtPJPycE15— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 25, 2020
We’ve seen a few GRPD officers this evening - Protestors have expressed frustration tonight saying the presence isn’t justified.— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 25, 2020
Organizers have repeatedly asked demonstrators to remain peaceful and “use their weapon as their voice” @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/IZFaYVWTzm
Protestors have left Rosa Parks Circle - They marched to the Kent County Courthouse and plan on stopping at a few other places downtown before ending at Grand Rapids Police Headquarters @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/q2OizpJVRG— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 25, 2020
NOW: A protest is set to get underway at Rosa Parks Circle - There are a handful of people here.— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) September 25, 2020
The goal is to continue to apply pressure to local leaders and make substantive change.
Some restaurants are closed, others open.
There are a handful of officers outside GRPD. pic.twitter.com/OdpIwseuSW