The Black Lives Matter movement has made its way to Campbell River.
Hundreds gathered in Spirit Square yesterday morning to stand in solidarity with marginalized groups such as Black people and First Nations.
The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has sparked riots and protests across the globe.
Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd for nearly 10 minutes while he pleaded for air.
Although a handful of protests in the United States have turned violent, the crowd in Campbell River remained peaceful with numerous speakers addressing those in attendance.
Organizer Taylor Ellis said last week that she feels as though now is the best time to bring awareness to the issue.
“It’s just really bad,” Ellis said. “Police brutality against minorities, especially black people, has been going on for quite some time.”
While acknowledging racism is alive in Canada, Inspector Jeff Preston said the Campbell River RCMP was fully supportive of the protest.
He says police in town will not condone discriminating behaviour or bullying of any kind.
Participants were asked to bring their own sign along with a candle to light in memory of the lives lost due to police brutality.
Physical distancing protocols were also in place with those in attendance asked to wear a mask.