Large group of protesters demonstrate in downtown Fort Myers

A large group of protesters gathered in front of Fort Myers Police Department headquarters in downtown Fort Myers Friday before marching throughout the downtown area.

Protesters could be heard chanting, “Black lives what? Black lives matter. Black lives what? Black lives matter.”

Dozens of people spoke in the center of a crowd and then came cheers.

A group of protesters even sang happy birthday to Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 Friday but was fatally shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky this past March.

Protesters marched from Fort Myers Police Department to Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers chanting things such as, “I can’t breathe.” That was one of the calls made by George Floyd during his arrest before he died in Minneapolis police custody.

Many protesters called out about the injustice they feel exists amid the death of Floyd in Minnesota.

“God’s coming to search our heart,” Norma Jordan told WINK News. “The only thing strange about us is the way we treat each other.”

The group at one point marched on Main Street and then laid down on the roadway before the intersection with US-41.

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“There’s no need for that police brutality,” Jordan said. “It’s cruel and unusual punishment before they even get sentenced.”

Reporter:Justin Kase
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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