Milwaukee protests continue into Monday night following the death of George Floyd

NOW: Milwaukee protests continue into Monday night following the death of George Floyd


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- More peaceful protests in Milwaukee continue into another week following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

What we've seen at the start of these protests is organization, with snacks, supplies, medics and security before groups hit the streets.

On Monday, a group of men, women and children started marching from Sherman Park just after 6:30, but for a full hour prior, the group loaded cars with water bottles, snacks and supplies.

During the march, there were people on street corners who also passed out snacks and water.

Experts say the system of protests shows community and order within the movement.

Organizers say medical supplies are always there during the protest route, and medics are also ready in case anyone gets hurt.

Head medics say the protest setup is a way to keep everyone participating protected.

"We all bring supplies as well, like we bring food, we make sure that everyone eats who's with us, it doesn't matter if we have ten people or 1,000 you know, or 10,000 -- everybody is gonna eat -- all the children, everybody is gonna be fine, and they're gonna be okay," said the protest's head medic.

Experts say peaceful protesting is effective because its main focus is visibility. They say protests happen as a result of people not being heard.

Marquette Professor Dr. Cedric Burrows says in the past, before resorting to protesting, people would try to petition or go through the courts to get their voices heard. It's when that doesn't work they decide to take to the street.

He says by becoming more physically visible, it shows the system has to face the people. 

Protesting also helps to gain sympathy from others and help people develop moral sensitivity. 

The goal in the George Floyd protests is to make changes in systemic racism. 

Dr. Burrows says the civil rights movement in the 1960's in Birmingham, Alabama is a classic example of how protests made a difference in desegregation. 

"I think this is the peak of it in that people are saying you need to see us, you can't hide this any longer, there needs to be structural change, and we are going to get it," Dr. Burrows said. "And so as more and more people become a part of this broader coalition, I think we'll see a lot more changes coming in the future."

Burrows says when these protests are over, protesters should turn to the polls and vote for leaders who are willing to advocate for the changes they want.

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