Fourth night of George Floyd protests, marches stays peaceful in Chattanooga

Staff photo by Sarah Grace Taylor / Chattanooga demonstrators against the death of George Floyd at the knee of Minneapolis police had a peaceful fourth night of gathering.

The fourth night of activism in Chattanooga following the death of George Floyd was a peaceful show of solidarity.

Scores of activists gathered at Miller Park on Tuesday evening to discuss prison, police and economic reform and to protest police brutality in the name of Floyd, an African American man who died under the knee of a white police officer in Minnesota on May 25.

"Whenever the ones who were elected to protect us and make decisions in our favor declare war upon us, times are grim," local artist and activist Cameron C-Grimey Williams told the crowd. "Our demands are simple: Stop the war on the black and the poor class."

Grimey led the crowd of roughly 200 in a freedom march around the west side of downtown, imploring officials to listen to citizens' demands for reform peacefully, rather than using "military force," as was the case Sunday night when protesters were in standoffs with not only local law enforcement, but also dozens of state troopers and National Guardsmen.