Thousands of people gathered at Belo Garden Park in downtown Dallas Saturday on the ninth day of protests in the city against social injustice.
“It’s great to see a lot of people collectively, a community that cares. It’s understanding that I won’t understand the pain that you go through, but I’m here and I’ll stand with you, and that says a lot," Feliz Stafford said.
The group, among the largest and most diverse to protest in the city this week, marched Uptown, and took a knee at several intersections along the way.
Finally, they knelt at Main and South Akard streets for 8 minutes, 46 seconds — the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd's neck — on their way back to the park, according to NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News.
As some marched, others did their part handing out water or poster board signs.
“I want to be out here because I want to be able to tell my kids I fought for equality and hopefully make a change, because I can’t make a change if I’m sitting at home," Marissa Brown said. "I want to be out here. I want to help people the best way I can, even if it's just handing out waters to make sure they’re hydrated and healthy."
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Speakers before the march alternated between English and Spanish as they talked to the crowd about injustice and change.
The crowd continued to swell into the late afternoon after the city of Dallas ended the curfew that was put in place on Sunday.