Medical professionals, students attend peaceful protest in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Hundreds of medical personnel in white jackets, along with others, peacefully protested and knelt down in solidarity for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

It was the amount of time George Floyd’s family attorney says a Minneapolis police officer put a knee to Floyd’s neck.

They held up signs to illustrate that black lives have the backing of those in the medical field.

Several people spoke from the crowd, including Ian Joseph, who identified himself as a second-year medical student and a black man.

“However, that’s a death sentence to so many people, just being black at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Joseph said.

And there was medical worker Keyonna Murry.

“Me being black and what’s going on in America, I want people to see that together we can make change,” she said. “Look at all these people here, all these medical professionals, some black, some not black. But we are people.”

Among those people was the Chiang family, who came from Davis. Chongtang Chiang came to Sacramento Monday night to see for himself if the city was safe enough before bringing his family.

“A lot of people that were very positive. They were encouraging,” Chiang told FOX40. “I saw kids that were probably in (my children’s) age range, so I felt quite comfortable.”

 “And I also wanted to be here to be a good role model for my kids,” said Dr. Pin-Chieh Chiang. “To show them there is a way to stand up to things you may or may not believe in and to do it peacefully.”

The Blair family drove up from Oakland, putting any kind of fear of being at the protest aside.

“I feel this is worth any risk that we’re taking that we need to show up, speak up and be part of what’s happening,” said Jennifer Bodnick, an Oakland and Richmond emergency room medical worker.

“As a family, it’s an easy choice,” said her husband, Phil Blair. “I don’t think we’re taking any significant risks now.”

“My mom asked me, ‘Hey do you wanna be here? Stuff might happen.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, I want to come.’ This is something that I believe needs to be talked about,” said their 15-year-old daughter, Ali.

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