Oregon and Michigan police agree with protesters: Some kneel in front of a peaceful crowd others side with the protest
Hundreds of peaceful protesters in Portland were not met by police brutality, but rather, police who were outnumbered near the Multnomah County Justice Center were imbued with protest and knelt down in front of a crowd of peaceful protesters.
For the fourth day in a row, people besieged various government agencies and faced heavily armed law enforcement officers, but when the protesters saw the peaceful gesture of the Portland police, the crowd could not ignore it and did the same.
“One by one, they all just took a knee and we all just took a knee with them,” said Lyfe Tavarres, who witnessed the emotional moment, reports KOIN. “We’re not saying that that is the answer that we’re looking for, but that is a step, and we appreciated it. About the looting—we don’t condone looting at all. We’re not violent, as you can see. We just want to keep the peace.”
The Kentucky police also decided that cruelty breeds cruelty and, instead of suppressing the “enemy,” paid tribute to them and dozens of officers in body armor and helmets got on one knee.
Even more resonant was the fact that the Michigan sheriff decided to join the protesters and thereby show that violence, cruelty, and looting are not a solution to the problem.
"The only reason we're here is to make sure that you got a voice - that's it," Swanson said.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson did not dissuade hundreds of people of their wrongness or demand to stop the procession, on the contrary, he joined the rally in order to set an example for officers across the country and show how to interact with the protest.
In a recent Facebook post, Swanson called for prosecuting the officer who killed George Floyd.