Hundreds – if not thousands – descending on downtown Port Huron Thursday speaking out in favor of civil rights and against racism. Joining in the march were members of the NAACP, local government and religious leaders, and members of local law enforcement agencies. Demonstrators shouted aloud the name of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week while in police custody, while also chanting, “We want change.” Yesterday’s event was peaceful, with no incidents reported. Another protest is slated to take place Friday afternoon in Port Huron. That demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter of Port Huron and will take place at 3pm at Pine Grove Park.
A third protest is believed to take place Saturday in Port Huron in Kiefer Park near the Municipal Office Center. The Port Huron Police Department says they have been in contact with all of the event organizers and believe the demonstrations will be peaceful. Captain Marcy Kuehn and Police Chief Joseph Platzer tell WPHM they plan on attending Friday and Saturday’s events as well. Port Huron Police are also dispelling rumors about counter protests and potentially violent confrontations. Platzer says there is no credible threat on any of the protests at this time, and that the department continues to monitor social media.