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Crowd fills downtown Grand Rapids for #AmINext protest

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 01:15:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People assembled and marched in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids today to protest the death of George Floyd.

The #AmINext #4Unity Protest started at 4 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle and officially ended at 8 p.m.

It appeared hundreds of people took part in the peaceful protest.

See a photo gallery of the protest.

"We need to come together as a community to ensure the safety of our people, our black men and women," the event's Facebook page says.

"How many times do we have to say 'I can’t breathe?' How many times do we have to say 'AmINext?'"

After starting at Rosa Parks Circle, the crowd marched throughout the city's core, sat or knelt on Fulton Street at Division Avenue — behind the Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters — and then marched back to Rosa Parks Circle.

See our team's overage of the protest, including when small groups engaged with police officers after the protest's official end:

11:23 p.m.

(@FOX17) pic.twitter.com/td56i1QgfA

— Michael E Martin (@MichaelMartinGR) June 7, 2020

11:19 p.m. 10:50 p.m.

(@FOX17) pic.twitter.com/hhPUvLKtax

— Michael E Martin (@MichaelMartinGR) June 7, 2020

10:50 p.m.

She tells me the police told her they wanted protestors to move away from the dump trucks parked along Ionia & Monroe Center @FOX17

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 7, 2020

10:46 p.m.

10:18 p.m. 9:52 p.m.

The tension is down significantly from earlier, with protestors and police now just standing around, although it feels like that could change at any point @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/Iqk0piszdv

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 7, 2020

9:13 p.m.

9:12 p.m.

Most people are leaving. @FOX17

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 7, 2020

9:10 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

8:32 p.m.

Someone says “these are our streets now” @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/z5cXm5sOrw

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 7, 2020

8:22 p.m.

It’s hard to hear what they’re saying, but I did catch one protestor ask Payne to listen to them. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/gYnRiV3cCX

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 7, 2020

8:11 p.m.

She says she watched one of the cops behind the line roll his eyes and wanted to know why he allegedly did so @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/YFFP3o5gFR

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 7, 2020

7:52 p.m.

7:47 p.m.

Police have formed a perimeter. Protestors are asking police to walk with them and continuing to chant. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/t2SOxKRR6N

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

7:45 p.m.

Protestors are following them and chanting. pic.twitter.com/4hzaO6S7vk

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

7:29 p.m.

Found a group of people sitting in front of cops on Ionia & Louis. Some protestors are beginning to shout at the police @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/xqWhsygcUz

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

7:00 p.m.

6:21 p.m.

We’re hearing lots of cars beep / rev their engines as they drive by too. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/kPeEzqJurm

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

6:05 p.m.

They’re back at Rosa Park Circle @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/ZyLLDpdO9k

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

5:59 p.m.

5:51 p.m.

Just spoke with a deputy — He says there was a man with a gun, but he’s now in custody. Waiting on additional info from GRPD @FOX17 https://t.co/5FrQq1y8pF

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

5:47 p.m.

Not clear what’s going on or if it’s at all connected to the protest. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/TZey6SRofb

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

5:18 p.m.

4:37 p.m.

4:36 p.m.

They plan to end things at 8 p.m. and say if anything happens after that, the people are not with them.

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

4:29 p.m.

They also want the community to acknowledge that racism is still an issue and work towards solutions. @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/cD1eXhvNIV

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020

4:16 p.m.

4:05 p.m.

Organizers say they will be marching around downtown GR — It’s being organized by three GR residents who have formed a group called “4Unity” @FOX17 pic.twitter.com/BuxRBp3e1m

— Marisa Oberle (@marisa_oberleTV) June 6, 2020