EDINBURG, Texas – Protests continue across the nation and world in honor of George Floyd who died in the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.
Hundreds of people chanted and carried signs during a peaceful protest Saturday outside the Edinburg City Hall. Many in attendance protested police brutality and racial injustice after the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“In today’s society black people are dying almost every day. There are so many lives that have been lost because of police brutality, we need justice, we want justice and we’re peacefully fighting for that today,” said Elizabeth, a demonstrator at the protest.
According to organizers nearly 1,000 people gathered throughout the day. Demonstrators said they wanted to bring these protests to the Rio Grande Valley in effort of bringing communities of color together.
“There is a majority Latino community here and sometimes there’s a separation ‘that’s their issue not our issue’ and it’s all of our issues all of us are being impacted by the disproportionate ways that certain communities treat others,” a demonstrator said.
One of the organizers, McKenzie Phoenix told us she hopes these demonstrations will spark a conversation at home about the Black Lives Matter movement and wants these protests to ignite change starting with police reform.
“I would like reform, I would like police reform, I want more accountability for state officials, national officials, city officials,” said Phoenix. “We need to have a checks and balances system that is actually being implemented.”
Today’s demonstration ended peacefully, with many saying they will not stop protesting until there is real change in the justice system.
Overall, we have seen four peaceful protests around the Rio Grande Valley.