‘We deserve to live.’ - Protesters in the Bronx call for justice
Protests have been raging across the country for days now, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis earlier this week, and a rally was held in the Bronx on Saturday.
News 12's Justine Miller was there as protesters walked on 149th Street and Third Avenue in The Hub Saturday afternoon.
More than 100 protesters shared their own stories of alleged police brutality and called for a change in how police deal with black citizens.
"Murdering our brothers and sisters on the street is unacceptable no matter what is going on in the world, so we have to be out here in solidarity with our people in Minneapolis and all over the country,” said Dariella Rodriguez.
"We have to take action and step out. We have to show real life – not just the internet – that we're here for justice," said Rocky Hernandez.
Protests turned violent in dozens of cities across the country, including outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday. Organizers of Saturday’s Bronx rally say they have encouraged a peaceful demonstration.
Police officers kept their distance from the protesters but followed alongside the crowd.