TOLEDO (WTVG) - A crowd of protesters marched down Hill Ave. in Toledo on Monday evening in the latest demonstration sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week ago. The protesters carried signs and participated in chants of "Hands up. Don't shoot." which have become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dozens of protesters started their march at the Dollar Tree on S. Reynolds and ended at a home near Rogers High School, which they believed to belong to Toledo Police Chief George Kral.
According to 13abc crews on scene, police responded to the home shortly after the demonstrators arrived, but things remained peaceful as protesters and officers shook hands and conversed. Eventually, the crowed, along with a number of police officers including Chief Kral, began walking back down the road toward the Dollar Tree.
Sometime later, the march turned from Hill and down Reynolds Road heading north. Police officers, both on foot and in official vehicles escorted the crowd.
According to 13abc's Micaela Marshall, who spoke to organizers of the rally, while the march from the Dollar Tree to the home on Hill was planned, the events following their arrival were not as protesters continued their demonstration past the originally planned end time.
The goal was to demand a meeting between activists and the chief to discuss substantive changes to policing. Until they had that meeting and were satisfied that changes would be made, protests would continue in the days to come.
Some of the mandates the protesters want include body cameras for SWAT team members and Special Operations officers.
While they did not walk away from their conversation with a guarantee of that meeting, they say Chief Kral did indicate he would be willing to participate in such an event in the coming days.