Mich. sheriffs join march with protesters
UPDATED 5:00 PM PT — Sunday, May 31, 2020
A Michigan sheriff and his deputies showed support for local protesters by joining them as they marched for George Floyd.
On Sunday, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and a group of deputies marched with demonstrators in Flint, Michigan. Swanson told the crowd he was there to make sure protesters were given a voice.
He also wanted to express that the Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd does not represent law enforcement officers across the nation.
“We want to be with y’all for real. So, I took off my helmet and laid the batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest. We cops love you, that cop over there hugs people. So, you tell us what you need to do.” – Sheriff Chris Swanson, Genesee County Sheriff’s Department
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The sheriff has said it’s a night he will remember for the rest of his career. He also noted the crowd instantly cheered up when police listened to them.