Second night of peaceful protests held in downtown La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– Protesters moved through downtown La Crosse for the second night in a row. They are calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality among other issues.

The rally is in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed during an incident with police in Minneapolis.

Hundreds of people gathered at Powell Park for nine minutes of silence. The time is significant because the officer charged with murder, Derek Chauvin, allegedly had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Then, community members shared their thoughts on the issue. Speakers urged people to not only call out racism and injustice, especially on social media, but to fight for change.

One of the activists thanked the white people attending the rally and said the community needs unity.

“This is a critical moment in our community and we need to rise and step up. The fact that y’all came out here to show up– I appreciate it. And let’s be peaceful within this protest. Let’s not cause any harm but let’s make a statement as a community,” said Javonte Davis.

Hundreds of protesters then walked west on Jackson St. before heading north on 4th St. S. They then traveled through the downtown area to city hall.

According to authorities at the scene, someone in a vehicle that was blocked by the march sprayed a protester with pepper spray. That protester received medical attention.

The La Crosse Police Department said it is investigating the incident.