LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered outside the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday for a “We Are Done Dying” rally to protest police brutality of blacks.
Speakers called on the crowd to change the culture of racism and violence saying, “It ends with us.” Members of the youth division of the Michigan Chapter of the NAACP organized the event, which promoted peace, unity and change.
About 600 people came to the protest, Michigan State Police Lt. Darren Green said. There were no arrests.
The death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis sparked international protests and has drawn new attention to the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. by police and the criminal justice system.
Floyd died after an officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after the handcuffed black man pleaded for air and stopped moving. Four Minneapolis officers are charged in connection with Floyd’s death.
At least one previous peaceful protest in Lansing ended in vandalism after the official event concluded.
On Wednesday, event speakers encouraged the crowd to go home and ended the gathering by chanting, “No justice, no peace.” Some people stopped at a table to register to vote.
Anna Liz Nichols is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.”