Protesters gather all around Orlando to make voices heard

Police on hand for what was deemed a peaceful protest

For hours Sunday, protesters made their voices loud and clear on the streets of Orlando.

“As a black woman I am (livid),” said protestor Bethany Bryant. “I’m mad.”

From Lake Eola Park to Orlando City Hall, then to Orlando police headquarters, hundreds marched for justice for George Floyd after his death in Minneapolis.

“It’s time out for just sitting back and letting people kneel on our necks,” said protester Archangel Bryant. “It’s time out for letting people shoot us.”

Police were at the park during what was a peaceful protest.

“This right here is saying we are not going to be subjected to the systematic racism,” Archangel Bryant said.

Late Sunday, protesters made their way on to I-4 eastbound near Colonial Drive, forcing cops to briefly shut down the interstate and use tear gas to disperse the crowds, they said.

Police said demonstrators were throwing rocks, bottles and construction equipment, all happening an hour before Orange County’s newly set 10 p.m. curfew.

In the meantime, hours before police Chief Orlando Rolon and Orange County Sheriff John Mina shared the grief of Floyd’s death. They talked to protesters outside police headquarters and also took a knee.

“We’re trying to make this real and make this united and we want justice for George Floyd,” said protester Miles Mulrain.

This came one day after protesters made their way across the streets of Orlando and even blocked parts of I-4 and State road 408.

Hours later, quite a few places were vandalized near Mall of Millenia as people protested. Windows were smashed and glass shattered, like at a Krispy Kreme and container store.

“What I would say to all of those who are responding?” Orlando Mayor Jerry Demings said. "It has to be one that is peaceful and nonviolent.“

Protesters vowed to find ways to better work with officers during this tough time.

Jerry Askin (WKMG)
Jerry Askin (WKMG)

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