BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Protests continued in Baltimore for the 12th consecutive day as people rallied in support of George Floyd, and against police brutality.

WJZ’s Ava-joye Burnett was at the Baltimore School for the Arts where demonstrators gathered to start the peaceful protests. She said hundreds marched throughout the city Wednesday afternoon.

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They stopped at Baltimore City Schools headquarters and observed 8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence.

 

Chopper 13 was live over the scene.

 

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The people on the frontlines of the peaceful protests were young, grappling with emotions after George Floyd’s death.

“It goes on and off from anger to sadness,” Ezra Paisley said.

Paisley has a black mom and a white dad. They acknowledge two separate realities in their household.

“It can happen to my younger sisters. My older brothers. It could happen to my mom,” Ezra Paisley said.

“When my children, especially my black sons leave the house, I fear for their lives. It’s real. This is the world we live in today,” Glenn Paisley said.

“His privilege does not extend to our children. He can’t use his privilege and have it extend to our kids,” Carla Paisley said. “It just doesn’t. So that reckoning I think for him as well as making it very clear with our children from the time they were very young, has been something that has always been part of our family dialogue.”

The story in their home is one America is currently confronting: How to spread opportunities evenly, for all. Organizers said this is where it starts.

“For us, the marches is the start. But it’s about the actions that we take, the actual change that we want to implement in our city, in our nation in our world,” A’niya Taylor, “The Youth” organizer, said.

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The young leaders said they were intentional about coming to Baltimore City Schools Headquarters to call for more funding in schools. At least one council member and the Baltimore City Schools CEO attended to listen to the message.

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