Around 300 people turned out this afternoon to lend their voices to the national movement to improve race relations.
The march in memory of George Floyd and other recent victims of police violence began in downtown Houghton at 1:00. Walkers crossed the Houghton-Hancock bridge to the Hancock side, then returned to Houghton.
Organizer Gabrielle Mukavetz said she wanted to give local residents an opportunity to be heard…
Local law enforcement leaders also attended the start of the march. Houghton police chief John Donnelly explained they were simply there to assure the safety of all involved.
Floyd was killed May 25th when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground by forcing his knee into his neck, refusing to release it when Floyd complained he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin has been arrested on a third-degree murder charge. Other officers who stood by during the event have not yet been charged.
Protests across the nation have sometimes turned violent. The Houghton event was peaceful.