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Protesters march in downtown Delray Beach

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Protesters seemingly impromptu start to march from City Hall down Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, walking past people having dinner and shopping. (WPEC)

Hundreds of peaceful protesters marched through downtown Delray Beach Wednesday, gathering in front of City Hall and at one point marching down Atlantic Avenue.

"We just want to make a statement in our community that we’re a strong community," said Prentice Mobley, one of the organizers.

Delray Beach Police officers marched alongside protestors. In the front of the group, side-by-side with community organizers who planned the march was Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims.

"We stand in solidarity with the men and women who want the best for our community," Delray Beach police posted on Twitter. "We are all in this together. One Delray, One Community, One Police Department."

Following a march from Pompey Park, protestors marched to City Hall to hear a series of speakers calling for change.

Protestors called for better police accountability and for Americans to recognize systemic racism.

"I am sick and tired of America playing god and taking us before our time," said one black woman who took the podium without giving her name.

At one point, tennis star Coco Gauff took the podium following her grandmother, a well known figure in the Delray Beach community.

“I demand change now,” she said, calling on those in attendance to go and vote to make change. “This has been going on for years.”

Protesters then marched from City Hall down Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, walking past people having dinner and shopping.

Protesters laid down at corner of Atlantic Avenue and AIA, as spectators looked on, before turning around to head back down Atlantic. The protest wrapped up back in Pompey Park before nightfall.






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