As a protest against the police violence that led to the death of George Floyd grew in size on Miller Road in Flint Township this Saturday, the marchers eventually reached the Flint Township police station, where they were met by police in riot gear.
According to NBC25 News, that’s when Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson came out and engaged the protesters and ended up joining them on their march.
Amazing scene unfolding in Flint, Twp, Michigan. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson has joined protesters in a peaceful march. Read More: https://t.co/4ioyUnymNv @MichStatePolice @GovWhitmer pic.twitter.com/nMCVuXQ0TZ
— Mid-Michigan NOW (@midmichigannow) May 31, 2020
At the end of the evening, he addressed the protesters in an impromptu speech.
“I want you to hear this,” he said to the crowd. “In my entire career, I will never forget this night, because what I saw is what the entire nation saw when they see people that are angry, people that feel like they don’t have a voice, turn in a second when the police listen to them — when the police understand them.”
“…because police condemned what happened in Minneapolis,” he continued. “That’s not who we are. But there are good people that love you and need to hear what you have to say.”
We need more officers like this. Thank you, Sheriff Chris Swanson from Genesee County in Flint, Michigan.
— Edwin (@MrEdwinCosta) May 31, 2020