LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Hundreds of people marched in downtown Los Angeles Saturday as part of a peaceful protest in honor of George Floyd.
Crowds began to gather around 8 a.m. outside of city hall. As of 10 p.m., several hundred protestors were still there.
School buses brought in local sports teams and Greek life from local universities brought their members as well. As they made their way through the streets of downtown, demonstrators were met with cheers from residents, who came out on their balconies to show support.
“I love this country,” said one protestor. “I’ve been here since I was three years old. I took an oath, and I heard them say that everybody is equal…”
At its peak, the protest had thousands of participants.
“We’re here to support our brothers and sisters,” said one protestor, whose family joined her at the demonstration in masks that read “I Can’t Breathe.”
“It’s basically all of us against racists,” she said.
Though social distancing did not seem to be taking place, most protestors wore masks, and many passed around hand sanitizer.
At one point during the protest, the LAPD Harbor Division handed out white roses in Floyd’s honor.
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The protest was one of several being held in Southern California this weekend. Other protests were underway in Beverly Hills, San Dimas, and Huntington Beach.