Protesters gather in Cambridge on Sunday over death of George Floyd
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – People of all races gathered to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday.
“We’re trying to bring awareness to let everybody know that we don’t want no trouble and we just trying to live,” said Lajan Cephas.
“That’s really all we’re trying to do,” said Cephas
“We need to stay united as a community,” said Cambridge Commissioner Lashon Foster.
Protestors spread along Route 50 holding signs that say things like Justice Four Floyd, Stop Murder and Honk for Justice.
Some protestors tell 47ABC although they are not against police officers they believe they’re not always held accountable for their actions.
They also tell us they’re tired of having to tell their kids to act in a certain way with authority so that their lives are not put at risk.
“So, we have to do more as black mothers to talk to our black children and let them know the proper way of making the cops feel comfortable,” said LeeAnn Sampson.
“We don’t have an issue with the police, but if the police has an issue within our community they need to hold them accountable for it,” said Cephas.
“Justice needs to be served,” said Cephas.
Protestors add that all four police officers involved in Floyd’s death must be held accountable and that protests like this one will help bring justice.
“This is what we are here to do,” said Sampson.
“We’re supposed to unite together and bring awareness and pass laws to get justice to be served,” said Sampson
They also hope this protest will bring awareness and let everyone know that this community can work together to help make a difference.
“It’s important for the world to see that Cambridge can come together over the most difficult issues, not that we think that everything’s been solved, we have a long way to go and we want people to know that Cambridge is here doing this in a very positive way,” said Mary Handley.
Protestors also tell us they hope conversations about things like police violence will continue around the country to help bring change.
They’re also urging everyone to vote on Tuesday and make a difference.