MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Violent protests broke out in cities across the country Saturday night. An NBC station in Nashville is reporting protesters set fire to the Metro Nashville Courthouse.
Here in the Mid-South people demonstrated peacefully taking to Memphis streets to protest the death of a black man after being taken into custody by police officers in Minneapolis.
As protests intensified across the nation, it was no different here in Memphis, although it remained peaceful the entire night.
This was by far the largest protests of the last four days of protests over police brutality and specifically the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Some protesters have lingered here at the National Civil Rights Museum as the protest has ended just over an hour ago and went for about 5 miles through Memphis.
“So we’re going to use our ability to protest with order and protest with decency, to look at those demands, those demands are very important," said protest organizer DeVante Hill. "We need, we need, we need to fix the system.”
A few of those demands he mentioned are releasing the protesters arrested during Wednesday night’s protest on Union Avenue from custody, stopping cash bail, reforming the criminal justice system among much more.
At one point part, a smaller part of the group broke off and said they were going to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, but they changed their minds and joined back up with the group.
There were several times the entire protest kneeled down, sometimes staying on a knee for nine minutes, approximately the amount of time a Minneapolis Police Officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
The protesters said they planned to do another protest tomorrow night starting at the same time and place at the National Civil Rights Museum.