A rally was held in Boston on Saturday with protesters urging for a conviction in the George Floyd case.
With the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin set to begin on Monday, protesters hoped to remind many of the death of Floyd who died during his arrest back in May after Chauvin kneeled on his neck on a city street in Minneapolis for almost nine minutes.
The small group also gathered in support of families in the area and around the United States who have lost loved ones to police brutality.
“As we build pressure to convict in the trial, local families in every city will seize the moment to highlight their own battles, including demanding their cases are reopened and police are prosecuted,” the organization Mass Action Against Police Brutality stated prior to the rally.
The demonstration was held in the South End's Peters Park on a national day of action, per Boston.com. Across the U.S. in New York, Ohio, Texas, Florida, and more, others rallied as well for George Floyd and against police brutality.
“We’ve called a demonstration to demand the conviction of all these officers starting with Derek Chauvin in this upcoming trial,” protest organizer Brock Satter shared with WBZ radio. “We’re demanding convictions. They should go to jail for their crimes.”
Protesters also called for the cases involving the killings of Burrell Ramsey-White, DJ Henry, Eurie Stamps, Malcolm Gracia, Ross Batista, Terrence Coleman, Juston Root, and Usaamah Rahim to be reopened.
Saturday's rally was just one of many in the last few days in the area. On Thursday, a group rallied in front of the Massachusetts State House urging for all four officers in Floyd's death to be convicted; Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.
Chauvin faces second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and a possible third-degree murder charge. Jury selection will begin on Monday and could take up to three weeks.
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