BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Demonstrators gathered Saturday all around Baltimore and other parts of Maryland to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

Chopper 13 was over the scene of many demonstrations and marches held Saturday afternoon.

Protests were held in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and others jurisdictions around Maryland.

Some demonstrators gathered in Pasadena. WJZ’s Kelsey Kushner talked with some of the protesters who called for justice.

“The time is now, enough is enough,” one protester said.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters grabbed signs and stood in solidarity.

“I’m out here to help stop injustice against black people,” one protester said. “It’s been going on for so long.”

Under the hot sun, crowds of people chanted Black Lives Matter for over an hour. Fueled by the need for change, many said they hope their voices were heard.

“I think change will come from this,” another protester said. “We still got a long way to go.”

Demonstrators also gathered in White Marsh along Honeygo Boulevard to speak out against the death of George Floyd. They chanted out the names of some of the black men and women who were killed while in police custody and called for change.

“I’m standing up for something that I strongly believe in,” Aya Neal said. “Something that’s a huge problem in America right now and needs to be addressed.”

Protesters said they want to be part of a big movement, and said the demonstrations could make a big difference.

“This is a world-wide thing and I don’t think it’s ever been this big,” Neal said. “I think this will definitely help change things.”

Kelsey Kushner

Comments (5)
  1. Mark says:

    How did the group that commits:

    -over 50% of all homicides

    -90% of the interracial attacks between blacks and whites

    -The highest rate of rape

    -The highest rate of assault

    -Homicide of thousands of other blacks annually

    -The highest hate crime rate

    -Over 33% of police killings

    Get to call themselves the victims?

    1. Malcolm says:

      Your racism is showing, Mark.

  2. Fred Griffin says:

    Quick name 5 unarmed white men who were killed by police while being taken into custody
    Name 5 black members of Trump’s cabinet
    Name 5 black senators

    That’s why.

    Yes there is most certainly a crime problem & nobody said there wasn’t, but the issue at hand is that the police sometimes treat blacks differently than whites. You are talking about something totally different.

  3. anonymous says:

    Unarmed Black people are killed by police more than people of other races and that is a FACT. The police should not be killing unarmed people in handcuffs PERIOD and I don;t care what color they are. There were 4 officers and they could not handle one handcuffed man until they killed him? He was not fighting in the 2 and some minutes between when he lost consciousness and died. It is not just Black people, it makes me cringe to see them shove an unarmed 75 year old White man to the ground and then walk by as he bled on the sidewalk. That kind of behavior is NOT acceptable and that is the issue.

    Just because I am White does not mean I can not become a victim of a violent cop who should not be on the streets. The only difference between that man the officer assaulted and me is he’s 10 years older. Police have the right to arrest but not to assault. They have a duty to serve and protect.

    My grandparents used to talk about what it was like to be Jews in Germany during the war and how the Nazis would just randomly assault unarmed people and what is happening now is a lot like that.

  4. mom of 3 says:

    Racism is alive and well in America, there are bad cops out there who attack citizens & kill some (and it is more likely to happen to African Americans) & we have a POTUS that fuels it- those are the problems.

    The Bill of Rights says we can peacefully assemble- it does not say police can hit push shoot gas and shove us for doing what we have a right to. They do not have to agree w/ protesters but they have to agree they have a right to peacefully protest and not be assaulted. Trump had NO RIGHT to have police gas, shjot at & assault people peacefully & lawfully assembled in a public park just so he could have a photo op. One of those gassed was the pastor of the church.

    Yes there has been some looting, but those are looters taking advantage of the situation they are not protesters. They come equipped w/ tools to break into businesses, not protest signs. Some people will always take advantage of a protest, a hurricane or whatever to commit crimes. Maybe the police should protect property and stop gassing & assaulting protesters?

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