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Pueblo's Riverwalk flooded with protesters to honor George Floyd

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:15:54-04

PUEBLO — A huge crowd of people gathered around Pueblo's Historic Riverwalk on Monday night to remember George Floyd and other victims of police brutality.

A peaceful march and protest began at 7 p.m. with people holdings signs and chanting things like "I can't breathe! I can't breathe!"

They're words that were spoken by Floyd just a week ago.

Among the protesters was Jacob Topping who said, "I was horrified. I was horrified, but I wasn't surprised which is sad to say...we just really want all police departments to pay attention to this movement because it is a broad problem that is prevalent in all police departments."

Veronica Jaramillo said, "Just trying to get justice for everyone...we need peace. We can't be doing this anymore."

Heidi Larson came from Colorado City with her family to attend the protest. She said, "We're here to acknowledge that it's our time to listen and learn and advocate for change...we need to fight for everyone to have the same opportunities that we have."

Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport was also at the protest and made a brief address to the crowd. He said, "I hesitate to call them officers. Real officers don't do that...Pueblo is my hometown. I am proud of Pueblo and I am proud of you for coming out."

There was some graffiti that showed up on the outside of the Pueblo Police Department, but for the most part it was a peaceful protest. We did ask a few people if there are plans for any other events this week in Pueblo, but as of Monday night were not made aware of anything else that's happening.