Protesters rally against 'police brutality' in Rochester
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Demonstrators chanting "no peace, no justice" marched through downtown Rochester Saturday evening.
The rally was one of dozens held across the U.S. this week in the wake of two high-profile grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of black men.
About 100 people walked from the Salvation Army parking lot to Peace Plaza chanting and waving signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe." With the support of police, protesters briefly blocked down traffic outside Rosa Parks Plaza at the intersection of Broadway and 2nd Street. The symbolic move only lasted about a minute.
Several of the protesters later staged a "die in" at Peace Plaza while an event organizer read aloud the names of African-Americans who have died during confrontations with police.
Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson and City Council Member Michael Wojcik participated in the march. Organizers said police were helpful throughout the entire process.
The demonstration was peaceful and no arrests were made.
(Cover photo: The Med City Beat)