Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams joins downtown protesters
PHOENIX — Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams on Friday joined in with protesters in downtown Phoenix who showed up for the ninth consecutive day in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Williams marched with protesters to Phoenix Police headquarters, located near Seventh Street and Washington Avenue.
“We hear you,” Williams said to protesters. “You have forced us to hear you by your constant and incessant demonstration and wanting something different. We hear you.”
Williams said she was invited by protesters to help push forward the conversation.
The action came days after Williams told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show that she had seen other police chefs across the country marching with protesters but wanted to get a hand on the potential for violence before engaging in it.
“If it can work in communities to quell the violence, I am all for it,” Williams said on Monday.
Protesters have been enduring the heat for more than a week in response to the in-custody death of Floyd in Minnesota and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.
No arrests have been made in relation to the protests in days as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s curfew remains in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day until Monday.