Protesters lead silent march in Norfolk

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 22:28:14-04

NORFOLK, Va. - People gathered at the Hague Bridge Wednesday evening for a planned silent march through Norfolk, called The Silent Mile.

The group walked from the Hague Bridge across Brambleton Ave. to Granby Street at 5:15 p.m.

On Facebook, organizers described the event as:

"The Silent Mile is a coordinated response to the escalating murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the growing number of other victims of color whose lives have been taken. Our diverse community is coming together to march a silent mile against police violence without trial."

The Facebook event also listed that the march is for people who:

Are not anti-police
Are pro-accountability
Are anti-violence
Are pro-action
Are anti-division
Are pro-intersectionality
Are pro-peace
Are pro-unity

Marchers told News 3 Reporter Brendan Ponton they worked with police and did not plan on walking in any roadways, with the exception of crossing Brambleton Ave. The march lasted for about an hour and a half. Several explained why they attended.

"The black community needs white voices," said Hilary Drew. "They need every voice."

"If we all could come together and put our differences aside, it could stop the violence," said Carlos Burice. "This would be a better place and this would be a better world."