Protesters peacefully gather in Manhattan

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Hundreds of protesters gathered in Manhattan Tuesday evening.

The protesters started at Triangle Park where they listened to speeches about racial injustice and police brutality.

They marched from the park to Juliette Avenue and back.

Protest Organizer Teresa Parks talked to crowds about her reaction to the now viral video of George Floyd.

“I watched George Floyd get murdered and I heard this grown man call out for his mama. Ya’ll, every mother in America, if your heart did not break when you saw that, you need to fix your spirit. I watched that man’s life leave his eyes and just thought if that was my son,” Parks said.

Protester Ka’Neisha Collins said she marched for change.

“Justice. We want all 4 men arrested. We want to stop all police brutality against all black people. If you can’t properly learn how to arrest citizens without killing them, you shouldn’t have a job,” Collins said.

The protest was peaceful with organizers even inviting Riley County Police officers out to join. Police Director Dennis Butler gave a speech to the crowd, asking them to trust their local law enforcement and help hold them accountable.

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