Hundreds of public defenders from Palm Beach County rallied for racial justice on Monday following the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
The Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office held a protest in front of the historic courthouse on N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.
Rows upons rows of public defenders stood outside the courthouse, holding signs and chanting rally cries like, “No justice, no peace. No racist police.” The group called for racial justice and voiced their opposition to systemic racism.
In a very emotional symbol of unity, the public defenders knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds, which is the length of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck during his death.