GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A protest has been planned in downtown Grand Rapids for Friday afternoon and evening.
This event follows a demonstration on Wednesday that was in response to the grand jury's decision in the Breonna Taylor case. Taylor, who grew up in Grand Rapids, was shot and killed by police in Louisville; many of her family members still live in the area.
Friday's protest is organized by Justice for Black Lives, a group that has planned many of the protests that occurred over the summer in Grand Rapids.
The demonstration is called "We Will Not Be Silenced Protest," and this is their second Friday in a row holding a march like this. The event starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m.
Live updates will be added here:
10 p.m. - By 10 p.m., the crowd had thinned by a group remained outside the police department. They mentioned a noise ordinance and chanted quietly for a couple of minutes until police told them to move to the sidewalk.
The group stayed down there for several more minutes before organizers asked people to clear out.
8 p.m. - Some protesters walked back to the police department to demonstrate.
7:15 p.m. - The march left the front of the police department and headed back to Rosa Parks Circle.
7 p.m. - The demonstrators gathered in front of the police department and confronted a line of officers there.
6:30 p.m. - Some demonstrators walked to the Grand Rapids Police Department where metal barricades are up and a line of police officers are standing in front of the entrance.
5:30 p.m. - A small crowd is in Rosa Parks Circle. The organizers are giving some speeches and talking to the group. They plan to walk to the police department at 6:30 p.m.
5 p.m. - A look at the protest:
4:15 p.m. - A small group has gathered at Rosa Parks Circle.
4 p.m. - The march is scheduled to start at Rosa Parks Circle. The group then plans to march to the Grand Rapids Police Department, which is several blocks up Monroe Center Street. Police set up barricades around the police department in preparation.
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