Protesters kneel in Hampton intersection, march down Mercury Boulevard Friday night

Hampton

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Black Lives Matter 757 group held a peace march on the Peninsula Friday night. 

The group has held several events in recent weeks, following the senseless death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

It started at 7:57 p.m. a the old Kmart on Mercury Boulevard in Hampton and went down Mercury Boulevard.

A live video from Black Lives Matter 757 showed at least 50 people walking down the road around 8:30 p.m.

Hampton Police said they have added manpower to keep protesters and the public safe. The live video from BLM 757 showed at least four bicycle officers and several cruisers with their lights on escorting the protesters.

BLM said they would take a knee in the area of the Hampton Coliseum. Protesters kneeled in an intersection along Mercury Boulevard. At least two officers kneeled with them.

The group kicked off the #757BLMunity week on social media Monday. Every day, the group posted information about different social problems. 

The Unity March will be held in honor of the #BLM757 group’s four year anniversary.

“The goal is to raise awareness on injustices, and move forward with BLM757 in the next year’s initiatives. We want to get the panhandling signs removed from Hampton as well, and give our homeless & veterans more help,” said Aubrey “Japharii” Jones, President of Black Lives Matter 757.

Last Saturday, July 4 the group peacefully marched at the VB Cceanfront. Virginia Police officers blocked Atlantic Ave. at 3rd st. The group marched in the boardwalk.


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