When the sheriff of the city of Flint, Michigan, took part in a demonstration against racism on Saturday night, his gesture became viral.
“I removed my helmet and my protections. I want it to become a parade and not a protest”, has launched the sheriff Chris Swanson under the screams and applause of the citizens.
For nearly a week, the protests increased in several american cities, but also in the world, after the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of white police officers.
“The only reason we are here is to be certain they can hear YOU. That is all. Do not think for one moment that he [Derek Chauvin] represents all police officers in the county and this nation.”
The white policeman, Derek Chauvin, who has maintained his knee for several minutes on the neck of the forties, was arrested Friday and accused of involuntary homicide, and cruel act and dangerous that caused the death.
“We’re working to help people. We want to be with you for real. I have to tell you that these police officers like you,” added the sheriff Swanson by pointing the finger at his colleagues. “This policeman, he is making a cuddle”, he added.
The peaceful protest lasted for several hours in the streets of Flint. Interviewed by the journalists of the channel WJRT after the event, the sheriff Chris Swanson had a message to pass.
“We can not forget that on all of our police cars across the country, it is written “protect and serve”, he said to the camera.
“This means that everyone, everyone, deserves the same dignity. If you do not agree with what is happening, try to fix it the right way. And this is what happened this evening. No one was arrested, no one was injured. This is as it should be,” concluded the policeman.