People across Connecticut have been standing together at protests and vigils to express outrage and call for justice for George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after pleading for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for several minutes.
In a powerful show of solidarity on Thursday, officials from police and fire departments in the state knelt in front of the state capitol in Hartford during a symbolic funeral and rally. They were asked to kneel if they agree with freedom and justice for all and that black residents should not be dying in the streets of this country.
Several more demonstrations were held in cities and towns across the state.
Hundreds of people were at a rally for justice in Hartford Thursday morning. The Black Student Union and Student Government Association at Central Connecticut State University are hosting it.
An Instagram post from the CCSU Black Student Union said this will be a “non-violent protest against police brutality and the injustices targeted” toward black and brown people.
They asked people who participate to wear a mask and black clothing.
While students at CCSU organized the rally, students from several schools attended. They said they want to see changes brought about.
Bertha Entsil, of New Britain, said she wants to see change in the future.
"It's going to affect us, our grandchildren, our children, and future generations to come," she said. "If we don't talk about it now, we're still going to face these issues in the future."
Later at another rally, educators marched, calling for racial equality and a better future for the students they teach.
"We are here because we say we matter. Our children matter. And you know what, you can not put a dollar sign on the value of a human life. We all need to speak up," said Monica Satchell, a kindergarten teacher at WISH.
A peaceful protest will be held in front of Avon Congregational Church on West from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The speaking part of the demonstration will begin at 6 p.m.
People who are participating are asked to bring a candlelight and wear a mask.
Rise Us Mystic has been holding rallies and one is planned at Liberty Police Square from noon to 1 p.m. today. Another is planned for tomorrow.
A protest to support Black Lives Matter was held on the town green from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. People blocked the street and stood on cars to demand an end to police brutality.