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Demonstrators 'take a knee' in Ogden peaceful protest

Posted at 11:49 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 01:53:14-04

OGDEN, Utah — A demonstration against police brutality in Ogden had a much different atmosphere than what transpired in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

On Washington Boulevard, organizers had a message to everyone in the crowd: stay peaceful.

In fact, many of the people who spoke actively thanked Ogden officers — for protecting their first amendment rights to speak freely and to gather peacefully.

Still, they had a message to police: hold each other accountable, because all it takes is one act of violence — and a whole lot of silence — for what happened in Minnesota to happen here, they said.

Some of the people FOX 13 spoke to said they have been victims of profiling or that they've seen it firsthand in Weber County, but they said that is not an excuse for them to act out.

Instead, they took a knee, sang songs, read poems, and said thank you to the officers who they believe are doing right by the community.