Michigan Sheriff Joins Protesters Marching Over George Floyd Death

June 1, 2020
Michigan Sheriff

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Michigan Sheriff Chris Swanson joined a group of protestors who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Flint, Michigan, The Hill reports, as similar protests erupted across the U.S. and in some cases turned violent. Hundreds gathered outside the Flint police station on Saturday, where Swanson met them. "We want to be with y'all for real," Swanson said, pointing to officers standing behind him. "I took my helmet off, they laid their batons down. I want to make this a parade, not a protest," he said. "I’m just telling you, these cops love you. You tell us what you need to do," he added, prompting the group to chant, "walk with us." Swanson later described the march as "magic," and said there were no arrests or damage done in the city. "We can’t forget on all our police cars across the nation, it says protect and serve," he said. "That means all people deserve the same dignity and you can’t call out what’s wrong and try to make it right. And that’s the magic we saw tonight. We marched, not one ounce of damage, nobody’s arrested, nobody got hurt, this is the way it’s supposed to be."