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UPDATE: Green Bay Police Chief joins protesters in downtown Green Bay after addressing the crowd

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Published: May. 31, 2020 at 2:48 PM CDT
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Protests are continuing again in downtown Green Bay Sunday afternoon.

A group of protesters were spotted on the Walnut Street bridge around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The protesters could be heard chanting "No justice, no peace", and "Black Lives Matter", as a response to the death of George Floyd, who died while in custody of Minneapolis police.

The protesters then made their way to the Green Bay Police Department.

Police Chief Andrew Smith spoke to the the protesters, and after he was done speaking, was invited to join the group in their march. He then joined in.

“I’ve been here for about four and a half years before that I was a policeman in Los Angeles since 1988. I’ve been doing this job for 32 years now. I want to first start off by saying thank you for being here. I respect you for being here. I think it’s the right thing for you to be out here protesting. I especially want to thank the woman that invited me when I was standing on the corner to come and march with you and I want to thank the people who invited me to come up and speak, I appreciate that. I have a few things I would like to say, when I saw that video you all saw, just like you, I was sickened. It was one of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen. To watch a police officer wearing the uniform I wear proudly, doing someone as despicable as that. I said to myself, ‘that is murder right there’ and sure enough, 2-3 days later he was arrested. I want to say a couple things about law enforcement in this country. We have a long way to go with law enforcement in the country. I spoke to all the chiefs of police of Wisconsin last summer when they were here for a conference and my message is this – ‘We have a long way to go in law enforcement. We have a long way as far as accountability and the person that is responsible for holding officer accountable for the actions they take is me. I am responsible for what happens here in Green Bay. I am responsible for the men and women that work in that station that proudly serve the city of Green Bay.’ Let me tell you what, I think we’ve got some fantastic officers here and I think the officers in this police station look just like you. WE hire people for this police department from this community because they have the character to serve this community. I have one officer here, he came from Chicago and he works with the kids in the school. Aaron Walker is his name, we call him AJ. Aaron Walker is from Chicago and he was working with a young man and he goes, ‘You know what, I don’t like the police cause they are all bull****up here’ and Aaron Walker said this young man, ‘You know what, where I came from, I thought police were bull**** too. That’s why I became a police officer.’ Aaron Walker is a good man and he is working at the police station. We got good people who work here. We don’t hire people that don’t have the character to be good police officers, to be honest, to be hardworking and treat people fairly. If you’re not disgusted as a police officer by what you saw in Minneapolis, then you are in the wrong business. I will finish with this: thank you all for being here. Thank you for peacefully demonstrating. This is as American as apple pie, this is what America is all about. It’s time for a revolution. To the days of Martin Luther King, peaceful protests are what make change. Thank you for being here and thank you for being part of the change.”

You can watch Chief Smith addressing the crowd and their invite above.

You can check out a few additional short videos clip of the protests below:

HAPPENING NOW: More protests taking place on Downtown Green Bay after the death of George Floyd. ——- WARNING: viewers discretion advised due to strong,vulgar language

Posted by Tia Johnson WBAY on Sunday, May 31, 2020

Protesters have ended their march at the police station.

Posted by Tia Johnson WBAY on Sunday, May 31, 2020

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