UTICA, N.Y. ---Protesters lined the streets in front of Kemble Park in Utica chanting the phrases synonymous with this movement such as "I can't breath" and "Black lives matter". And the community was behind them including their police department.
"We really stand behind everything that's going on here, the message that's going on, we're really happy that it was such a peaceful protest and people got to speak about the items that concern them," said Sgt. Michael Curley of the Utica Police Department.
The group made its way down Oneida Street on its way to Oneida Square. Utica police escorting the group and some officers walking amongst them. Protesters said seeing that was a positive sign.
Various speakers spoke to the passionate crowd of hundreds. Most of which hoping their voices insight change peacefully throughout the community.
"If we come together like what we're doing right now, this is supposed to be a peaceful rally. This is supposed to be everyone coming together. You see people laughing, everybody's chilling, some places and other people don't know how to vent as we do. I am proud of this, other parts of the country and state, I'm not really too happy with." said a protester.
Extra law enforcement was brought in to ensure safety for all those involved as well as city residents. Utica Police said they were increasing their presence throughout the city. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department as well as State Police were also helping out in the city.