Protesters, police join in march through downtown Niles

NILES — “No justice, no peace.”

This was the message of more than a dozen people who marched through downtown Niles Saturday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Some held signs while others led chants through megaphones, shouting a message echoed back by the marchers.

“How long?” one shouted.

“Eight minutes and 46 seconds,” the rest responded, indicating the amount of time George Floyd was held under a police officer’s knee before dying in Minneapolis last month.

As the rally moved down E. Main Street, the marchers gained support from passersby, who responded with honks and cheers.

The group was joined by Niles City Police Chief Jim Millin and other Niles City Police officers, who helped the protesters safely march through town.