TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Some have been taking part in the protests and marches since the weekend while others joined in Wednesday, encouraged by just how peaceful local demonstrations have been.
“I want to live in a world where it doesn’t matter what race we are,” said Shayla Pierre, who attended the for the Justice for Humanity walk.
Protests have been increasing in number from earlier in the week with the goal of staying peaceful and nonviolent.
Wednesday, hundreds of people marched from the Capitol Building to Cascades Park.
”I hope nothing happens because we’re here to start a movement and we want to do that peacefully,” said Tara Gray, who attended the for the Justice for Humanity walk.
Tallahassee police officers were stationed on roofs and inside the Capitol to make sure everything ran smoothly, and major streets were closed as a result of the movement of the protests.
Though many cities have seen violence and looting, people in Tallahassee say they felt safe during Justice for Humanity.
”You see, there is no chaos here," Pierre said. "And we wouldn’t allow chaos here.”
The Tallahassee Police Department told people via social media to expect heavy crowds in the Capitol Complex. Buses helped block off major roads and helicopters monitored the crowd.
Protesters at the event said they were glad to exercise their right in a safe environment.
“I’m very happy that in Tallahassee, we were able to have a peaceful protest today it’s honestly very heartwarming.”
TPD confirms no arrest Wednesday as a result of protests, and will continue to enforce Leon County's 11 p.m. curfew until Monday.