PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)— The City of Phoenix is nearing the two-week mark of consecutive protests and marches in the downtown area.
The demonstrations have remained peaceful and are calls against police brutality. Many Arizonans say the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has prompted the wave of change across the country, including here in Phoenix.
The march started at the state Capitol. Arizona's Family crews witnessed protesters peacefully demonstrating, chanting phrases like "Don't shoot" and "Black Lives Matter."
Tuesday was day 13 of the downtown Phoenix protests. The march started after 5:30 p.m. outside of Phoenix City Hall. Hundreds of people walked the streets once again while chanting “Black Lives Matter” and taking several moments of silence in honor of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dion Johnson and several others who were killed by law enforcement officers in recent months. The march was a lot smaller than last week when thousands filled the streets. Protesters marched for about an hour and a half up to the state Capitol. Even though there were fewer people at the protest, there is still a lot to be done.
"We haven't had anything written down on paper. There has been no bill passed, no laws passed. There hasn't been reform of any type. I haven't seen it. The community hasn't seen it and that's why we're still out here," said Chase Mac.
The march gathered around a small Confederate memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Organizers asked the participants to take pictures of memorial and use social media to tag Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Gov. Doug Ducey to demand it comes down. The demonstration ended just after 7:30 with no conflict with police and no arrests.
The City of Phoenix turned on lights of crimson and gold to honor Floyd on Monday before he was laid to rest.
"We honor his life and legacy."
While reactions from local officials has been generally supportive of the cause, protesters say that to simply agree that “Black Lives Matter” is not enough. "We really want to elevate it, put some pen to paper and make some changes," said Kenneth Smith, an organizer of a local protest who is calling for legislation to end systematic racism in Arizona.
On Tuesday, the Phoenix Police Department announced that the department will suspend the use of the Carotid Control Technique, which is a type of choke-hold used to make a suspect go unconscious.
Last Friday Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams marched with protesters, and some Phoenix police officers were captured on camera on June 1 taking a knee with protesters in solidarity.