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PHOTOS: Thousands protest without conflict in downtown Ann Arbor

More than a thousand people gathered in Ann Arbor Monday for another day of protests against police brutality.

The protest began on the University of Michigan campus, where a number of speakers addressed the crowd, including Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12), state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-53), and state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-18).

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Ann Arbor resident Myles McGuire speaks to the crowd of protesters.

Myles McGuire, one of the organizers, rallied the crowd.

"An injustice is an injustice. There are no ifs, ands, or, buts about it."

Following the speeches, the protesters marched through downtown Ann Arbor. Police stopped traffic, and there were no clashes with police and protesters.

Ann Arbor resident Keila Harris says she came out because her ancestors fought against slavery and segregation. She says she couldn’t sit back after watching the video of police killing George Floyd.

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Keila Harris and her daughter joined the protest in Ann Arbor Monday wearing face masks that read "I can't breathe."

"I can’t breathe? That man begged for his mom. And continuously nobody did anything. It’s not okay. I have my daughter. We don’t choose what we’re born. We don’t pick our skin color.”

Harris nodded at her school-aged daughter, who marched with her. Their handwritten cardboard signs read "Our Lives Matter. Stop killing our Kings and Queens." “Will it stop? I doubt it. But unfortunately anything I can do to do my part in history to change it, I’m going to do it.”

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Emma is a communications specialist with the digital team at Michigan Radio. She works across all departments at Michigan Radio, with a hand in everything from digital marketing and fundraising to graphic design and website maintenance. She also produces the station's daily newsletter, The Michigan Radio Beat.
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