Peaceful George Floyd protests held in Janesville, Beloit
Protesters rallied along Milton Avenue in Janesville and outside the City Hall building in Beloit Sunday to call for justice for George Floyd, a day after large protests were held in Madison, Milwaukee and across the nation.
The "Rally for Justice" in Janesville was supposed to conclude at 2 p.m., but dozens of protesters remained along the road. A Janesville Police officer observing at the rally told NBC15 News said he is OK with the rally running long.
"Everyone is coming together across the country in solidarity, I'm just here to support a peaceful protest, and that is what I encourage. I hope people across the country remembering is the things that are going on," said Janesville resident Jason Davis.
The protest in Beloit was held outside the Horace White Park and City Hall. Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski posted to social media afterword thanking protesters "who shared their voices" on Sunday.
"His death sickens us all and we call for justice to be served in Minneapolis," Zibolski said.
"Even if it's been 400 years of oppression to Jim Crow laws, to just the discrimination I get because of the color of my skin - enough is enough. It's time to put an end to it," says Beloit resident Adriann McKnight.
Like rallies across the U.S., protesters in Janesville and Beloit held signs, chanted and called for justice of George Floyd and police reform in the country.
Most attendees appeared to be wearing masks and in some cases maintained social distancing. Both rallies appeared to be peaceful.