Thousands gather for March for Justice rally in Nashville

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 20:53:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the third Saturday in a row, demonstrators gathered in downtown Nashville to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Black Lives Matter Nashville said the March for Justice was held in remembrance of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Jocques Clemmons, Daniel Hambrick and “all victims of racism and police brutality in the streets of Nashville and all the streets of the United States and the World.”

The event began at 5 p.m. Saturday at Legislative Plaza. From there, demonstrators marched towards Broadway, where they knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd.

After marching through downtown, the group headed back to Legislative Plaza and chanted "hands up, don't shoot."

On Friday, organizers encouraged the community to attend but urged everyone to wear a mask or face covering due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nashville is at a pivotal juncture where we must engage and move forward to build a system that promotes equality and justice for all,” the group said in part on Friday.

Last weekend, thousands attended another rally in downtown to honor the lives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Photos: Black Lives Matter March for Justice rally