TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Protests continue across the country and in Baltimore after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.
On Saturday, Towson University students organized a demonstration.READ MORE: Nefertiti Griffin Wins WJZ Black History Oratory Competition 2021
“George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, a lot of these people have been killed because people saw their color as a weapon,” said a protester.
“We’re still supporting the movement, black lives matter and everything. So we’re out here still trying to make change because things haven’t really been changed,” said another protester.
Those who were involved in the student-led demonstration said this was about more than just a protest.
“There’s a lot of things that can be done besides protesting,” an organizer said. “We intend to educate others on other ways, other solutions… There’s voting, there’s speaking and using your privilege.”
There were also protests in protests in Baltimore City, including one in Covington Park. Those who were at this protest called themselves “The Black Jeepers of the DMV.” They got their rides together at Covington Park to drive to a protest in Washington D.C.
“We feel as though all these rides, for veterans, for disabled children, for birthdays, we feel as though this is just as big of a cause, and just as important of a cause to ride for justice and equality for all people,” a protester said.READ MORE: 10-Year-Old Girl, 2 Men Injured In Shooting After Argument Breaks Out In West Baltimore, Police Say
A group of Baltimore’s youth also hosted a town hall downtown. Children took turns passing around a microphone and expressing their feelings about everything happening across the country.
“It’s more than one person, it’s more than just George Floyd, or just Breonna Taylor, its our entire country,” a speaker said.
Other demonstrators met at Johns Hopkins to protest some of the University’s practices, including its effort to create its owned armed police force.
The school announced on Friday that it has suspended its plans for an armed campus police force amid the protests over police brutality and racial injustice.
On Friday, demonstrators in downtown Baltimore left a message for local leaders outside City Hall; protesters painted along Gay Street, “Defund The Police” in large lettering.Soft Launch Of Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Held In Baltimore's Mondawmin Neighborhood
This comes as members of Baltimore City Council met with the Baltimore Police Department for a multi-million dollar budget hearing that will get voted on Monday.