NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Sunday afternoon, protesters marched through the streets of New Haven to put an end to police brutality and racism. Their purpose: prayer, protest, and peace.
Protesters lead by Elm City faith leaders marched from Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church on Dixwell Avenue to the New Haven Green carrying signs and chanting phrases like “Black Lives Matter,” “No Justice, No Peace,” and “I Can’t Breathe.” The procession was led by Flaming Knight Bike Club followed by funeral home hearses.
Mayor Justin Elicker was seen with the marchers on the way to the Green.
On the Green, faith leaders and community members took to the stage with an empty casket to speak about systematic racism. A musician led the crowd in a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”
WEB EXTRA: Black Lives Matter protesters march to New Haven Green Sunday for ‘Prayer, Protest, and Peace’ rally
WEB EXTRA: Full ‘Prayer, Protest, and Peace’ rally on New Haven Green Sunday