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Protesters gather in Lorain against police violence with support of Lorain Police Department

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Posted at 4:14 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 12:19:00-04

LORAIN, Ohio — Protesters in Lorain were marching against police violence and racial injustices on Sunday following the death of George Floyd with pledge support from the Lorain Police Department who stood with demonstrators in their cause.

You can watch the start of the march in the player below.

Marchers started on Oberlin Avenue, escorted by police who blocked intersections for them to cross.

The Lorain Police Department and Chief of Police Jim McCann were very involved with the peaceful protests, issuing a statement in regards to Floyd's death and police violence.

As the Chief of Police in Lorain and as a 28-year law enforcement veteran, I absolutely condemn the actions of the four police officers in Minneapolis and I believe they should be subjected to the full force of the law.

The death of George Floyd was tragic and inexcusable. The men and women of the Lorain Police Department stand with those who wish to peacefully protest against the use of unnecessary, brutal force against any citizen, and we stand ready to support and join you in your peaceful protest.

McCann said that the Lorain Police Department "respects this time for our community to express their grief, anger and frustration" but asked demonstrators to not resort to violence.

We look forward to standing with you protesting this and other injustices and at the same time serving and protecting our community by ensuring your right to peacefully protest.

McCann ended by saying he hopes that the death of Floyd can serve as a beacon of justice and that it will be the catalyst for his department and departments across the country to "better serve the diverse community of their cities."