Protesters take to the streets in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, me. – Protesters from the Ann Arbor and Detroit area marched down Washtenaw Avenue on Saturday to pay tribute to George Floyd and other victims of police brutality.

Organized by Survivors Speak and Value Black Lives, the protest began in the parking lot at Glencoe Crossing. Participants then marched to the sheriff’s office service center in Washtenaw County on Hogback Road.

A protester carries a megaphone during a protest in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)

After the organizers spoke to the socially distant and masked crowd, members of Detroit’s Black Syndicate and Ypsilanti motorcycle clubs led protesters down Washtenaw Avenue, which was temporarily closed to traffic.

As they marched, the demonstrators sang, “Hands up. Don’t shoot “,” stop killing us “and” no racist police “.

Protesters march along Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters march at Glencoe Crossing Shopping Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters march along Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters march along Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters march along Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)

When Trische ‘Duckworth of Survivors Speak and Sha’Teina and Dan Grady El arrived at the Washtenaw County’s Sheriff’s Office Service Center, they were speaking to protesters.

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Other speakers shared personal stories of police brutality in Washtenaw County and Detroit.

Trische ‘Duckworth of Survivors Speak addresses protesters outside the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Service Center on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Members of the Ypsilanti and Detroit Black Syndicate motorcycle clubs joined the protesters on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters are leaving the Washtenaw Count Sheriff’s Office Service Center on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)

After exiting the service center, protesters paused for 9 minutes and 29 seconds at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue, Hogback Road and Carpenter Road. The time symbolizes how long former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd, who was honored during the rally.

Protesters kneel for 9 minutes 29 seconds at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Carpenter Road in honor of George Floyd on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters march at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Carpenter Road in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Protesters march on Hogback Road after gathering at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)Washtenaw County Attorney Eli Savit speaks to protesters on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (WDIV)

Protesters marched back to Glencoe Crossing to listen to more speakers as passing cars honked in support. Speakers included Washtenaw County Attorney Eli Savit, who included Washtenaw County’s Assistant Attorney General Victoria Burton-Harris and Frances Walters, Washtenaw County’s Integrity and Evidence Coordinator, coordinator.

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