A moment of unity: Cleveland police come together with protesters during west side rally

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Cleveland police spoke with protesters today at a rally held at the Cleveland police first district.

Cleveland Police Commander Wayne Drummond, seen above in the mask, walked out and stood with the protesters, too, answering questions on a microphone.

“I understand what you guys are saying,” he said during the protest. “I was here when Tamir Rice was killed. I understand the pain I understand the anger … but we have to do it a certain way … If you’re angry that’s fine.”

At the event, called “Rally for Black Lives” on Facebook, police and protesters were also seen kneeling together.

Some roads around West 130th Street were shut down in anticipation of today’s protest.

Since last week, protests have ignited around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death. While many have remained peaceful, and have included police and protesters talking together, others have turned destructive.

Protests in Cleveland Saturday night left some downtown businesses in shambles, and a curfew continues to be in effect in that area and around W. 25th.

Read more updates surrounding the downtown protests below:

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