SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — On the ninth day of protests in Sacramento, people were just as passionate in their pleas for justice as they were on day one.
The sea of people in protective masks wrapped around several city blocks downtown as far as the eye could see.
Most carried signs in support of George Floyd, who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police. Officer Derek Chauvin is facing second-degree murder charges for kneeling Floyd’s neck.
“Black lives matter, man,” protester Jordan Moore told FOX40 Saturday. “We’re in here trying to use our voice.”
“I had to come out here today because I have black brothers, I have black cousins,” said protester Cierra Griffin. “I’m black.”
Thousands of protesters marched from the Golden 1 Center, past the California State Capitol, to rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza.
“To all of my Americans who aren’t black, my message to you is to fight to the end with us, don’t give up. We need you. We need you,” said Griffin.
In unison, protesters chanted Breonna Taylor’s name. Taylor was an emergency medical technician in Louisville, Kentucky who was shot and killed by police in her own home.
Protesters say she was another victim of police brutality and they are protesting for her too because the cops who shot her have not been arrested.
“There’s been too many protests. There have been way too many, too many protests for black lives and it has to stop,” said protester Rachael McKinney.
“We’re just deemed as invaluable just for the color of our skin, you know, and we’re tired of it,” explained Moore.
The Black Lives Matter movement continues its pursuit for justice and the end of racism and police brutality.
“We’ve been fighting for the same thing for generations and it hurts,” said McKinney.
Protesters say these ongoing demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death feels like there could finally be real progress made.
“It hit home different and we’re coming together different so it feels much different. It feels good. It feels better,” explained Griffin
“This one is different because it’s a whole nation behind us. Everyone in the nation is enraged,” said Moore. “We’ve never had full support from every state, all 50 states and even in other countries.
After addressing the crowd in the park, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg spoke to FOX40, saying he’s been called upon to make real systemic change.
“This is maybe the greatest awakening that we have had in my adult lifetime and I feel it. I feel it very deeply,” said Steinberg.
Some protesters met the mayor’s remarks with skepticism.
“We’re not going to be able to know anything about how he, how truthful his words are until changes are implemented,” said Moore. “We don’t want things to go back to the same, we want change, we want to resolve, we want to move as a nation.”