INTO THE STREETS
[THE FIRST NIGHT]
NEKIMA LEVY ARMSTRONG, 44
We put together a rally and march in honor of George Floyd and demanding justice for George Floyd, that the officers who did this be fired, as well as charged for their crimes. We posted it right away, and we started getting a response from people, and ultimately thousands of people showed up at the first rally on March 26th. In between that time, as Black community leaders, we met with the chief, we met with someone from the FBI, someone from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. And as the chief gathered more information, he made the decision to fire the four officers. We were a part of that press conference, we spoke, we affirmed the chief’s decision. And then we also demanded that those four officers be charged. And so hours later, we held the rally and the march and we marched from 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd was killed, two and a half miles to the Third Precinct police station.
As we’re marching, of course, everyone’s upset. Thousands of people are out there, from all walks of life. A lot of young people of color are out there, young Black people—clearly we’re outraged about what happened to George Floyd, the fact that his death could have been prevented at any moment during those interactions with law enforcement, and that didn’t happen. And so once we got to Third Precinct, we had a rally in front of the precinct. People were speaking, people were chanting. And then we had some young people who were kind of hitting the glass of the precinct with little rocks. But the rest of the demonstration was peaceful. Even those young people were banging on the glass, they’re just, like, taking rocks and hitting little pieces of the glass.
And then people came and tapped me on the shoulder because they said that there was a crowd at the back of the Third Precinct, that was back