Protesters meet in Johnson Square for Black Lives Matter rally

ByLyndsey Gough|June 7, 2020 at 12:54 PM EDT - Updated June 7 at 11:37 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -People are scheduled to meet in Johnson Square for a Black Lives Matter rally on Sunday.

Protests, marches, and rallies across the country for Black Lives Matter continue as outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continues.

Those marching met in Johnson Square and marched up past City Hall, down onto River street and back up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Protesters chanted, prayed, spoke, and held a moment of silence along the way.

One woman marching knows a thing or two about protests. Sandra Crewe is 77, and this was her second march of the day.

“I came through Atlanta when MLK was killed," said Crewe. "A white police officer escorted me through. Would he have done that for a black lady? It''s not right. It’s not fair.”

Savannah’s Mayor Van Johnson was also present for the peaceful protest, saying “I want to tell you how proud I am of you, and how much I love you for what you are doing.”

Savannah Chief of Police Roy Minter was on hand, walking in the front of the group, and standing in solidarity while they spoke, raising his fist.

“I wear this uniform to work, but I wear this uniform every day, so of course what they’re saying and the issues that they’re dealing with of course affect me, not only as a police chief but it affects me as an African-American male,” said Chief Minter. “We want them to know that we are not only here to assist them, but we also support them. We realize that some things have gone on in this country that have caused people some concern, and we realize that law enforcement is the focal point of that concern right now.”

Minter says that he told the organizers he stands with them and he understands why people are upset and angry at some police officers but wants them to know he is working to make sure everyone is kept safe in Savannah.

Organizers say the turn-out and support has been overwhelming, and seeing people from all walks of life is inspiring.

“I’m really hoping that after this, there’s change. Like, we are hopeful for change.”

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