COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police Officers joined protesters this morning at City Hall in demanding justice for the death of George Floyd.
CSPD Officers joined protesters even before the demonstration began, spending time getting to know the organizers and asking how they could help. Offering their support with traffic control, the officers shared in powerful moments as they strive for peace and long-term unity. The officers went so far as kneeling alongside demonstrators to show their solidarity.
"We wanted to come out here today to show them that we truly do care. I get a little emotional because it means so much to me that people see who we are behind the badge, and that we really do love this community." Sgt Jason Newton, Colorado Springs Police.
"It's nice to see they're out here to support us, and they're here to support George Floyd and any person other black person that's been killed or murdered. I just think it's really awesome for them to be out here, whether it's one of them, five of them, or all of them," said protester Chauncy Johnson.
Protesters held signs such as, "Stand for Justice," encouraging passing vehicles to honk in support.
While today's protest went smoothly, yesterday's protests wrapped up chaotically shortly after midnight as police had to disperse crowds.
After last night's protests, many noticed the letters, "BLM," spray-painted onto the base of the General Palmer statue, indicating support to the, "Black Lives Matter," movement. Having only heard from witnesses so far, police plan to hold a press conference tomorrow addressing the incident.