Fourth night of protests continue in Grand Island
Protesters against police brutality gathered in Grand Island for the fourth straight night on Wednesday. With the exception of one incident late Tuesday night, the events have remained mostly peaceful.
Organizers met with officers from the Grand Island Police Department and the Hall County Sheriff's Office about a half hour before the protest started to talk about how they could work together to keep everyone safe.
Group leaders said they'd designated certain people in the crowd to keep an eye out for problems and that those would then let police know who needed to be removed.
Protesters say they won't let trouble makers or people who don't agree with them stop them from getting their message across.
"I got a message from someone this morning not only threatening me, but telling me to stop," Donald McCormick, a second night protester, told Local4 News. "I'm not going to, it's my constitutional right to be here. If anybody tells anybody to stop protesting and we are silent, we're no longer a democracy, we are a tyranny at that point."
While the crowd has had some push back, they've also received a lot of support. Many drivers honk their horns to show support as they drive past or some even stop and join them. Police officers also showed their support Wednesday night.
The GIPD Chief of Police, Hall County Sheriff and several other officers marched, took a knee and joined in a moment of silence all to show support of the movement.
"Hopefully they understand that we care about what they're doing. As long as they stay peaceful, we're all for the message they are trying to get across," Chief Robert Falldorf said. "Racism is not allowed. I don't tolerate it in my department and excessive force. If we find out any of our officers use excessive force we investigate it."
One of the several protest organizers told Local4 that he feels the support of the Grand Island Police Department and that they're not necessarily protesting issues in this area. The group is joining a larger conversation across the country.