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More Protests Expected Wednesday in South Florida As Groups Begin Healing Process

Protests are expected in both Miami and Davie

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Demonstrators will be gathering in South Florida Wednesday as protests continue over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Events are schedule to take place in both Miami and Davie, where another event is also scheduled to take place Saturday.

A fourth day of peaceful protests started Tuesday in Miami at the State Attorney’s office, with demonstrators calling once again for Katherine Fernandez-Rundle to be voted out of office.

For one protester, Alexis, the demonstration was personal.

"I’m married to a black man, and I have three black sons, so I had to come out here and let my voice be heard," she said.

Alexis says she speaks for the people who can't come out and speak for themselves, including her husband, who she says was wrongfully accused of possessing pot because of his race.

Hundreds then marched to Wynwood and back, and protesters said they'll continue to march until the other three officers in Minneapolis are arrested.

From Coral Springs to Sunrise, hundreds of protesters showed up to march in Broward County.

For over five hours, demonstrators peacefully marched from the BB&T Center all across Sunrise, calling for justice for George Floyd. 

“Black lives matter, and I’m kind of over police brutality a whole lot. So this is me just supporting my community," said one protester, Yamila.

Protesters condemned the killing of Black men and women at the hands of police.

“We’re all here to protest and to spread awareness for the beginning of what we need in this country and in this world, which is accountability and we need for there to be no more police brutality," protester Andre Cole told NBC 6.

Sawgrass Mills was closed off as Sunrise police blocked many of the entryways and followed the crowd to keep cars and people safe. 

Earlier Tuesday, faith leaders and protesters also gathered for respectful demonstrations in Coral Springs. 

Peaceful protest is exactly what community and religious leaders said is needed. On the steps of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens, the clergy said the fight against injustice cannot be overshadowed by violence. NBC 6's Carlos Suarez reports.

Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin died in the Parkland massacre, was at one of the demonstrations. She said she has picked up his fight for racial justice. 

"He went to a Black Lives Matter event in Fort Lauderdale like four years ago, and he was supporting the cause. He had it in his heart. That is why we are here. We are following his lead," she said.

One man was spotted with his fist in the air for hours—and according to the group, he never took a break. 

Sunrise police also took to social media thanking protesters for their right to peaceful protest.

Peaceful protests were held in Downtown Miami Monday, ending before Miami-Dade's curfew went into effect at 9 p.m. The protesters marched from the Torch of Friendship, stopped at AmericanAirlines Arena, and then the Freedom Tower before ending at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

"We do our best to monitor the crowd so we are doing our job. We have an obligation to keep people safe and keep the peace and we recognize that. And we also understand people’s right to free speech and to assemble like we are not infringing so that’s a delicate balance," Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said Tuesday. "We don’t want to create a confrontation if we don’t have to, we are not here to harm anyone. We want you to be able to protest but we also need to be able to protect critical infrastructure."

Protests over the weekend began peacefully but tensions escalated when the official protests ended and there were confrontations between demonstrators and police.

Frustration and anger could be seen on streets across the country Monday night, the seventh night of protests against police brutality spurred by the death of George Floyd. Terrance Floyd, George's brother, made an emotional plea for the violence that has marred many of the demonstrations to end.

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said demonstrations throughout the state have been mostly peaceful since Monday, with no significant injuries among police or civilians and no reports of widespread property damage.

“I appreciate all the hard work being done by our local officials, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Highway Patrol and our law enforcement to help ensure the safety of residents and visitors, as well as those who are engaging in peaceful First Amendment activity," DeSantis said in a statement. “Over the past 24 hours, demonstrations have remained largely peaceful thanks to these collaborative efforts. We will remain vigilant and stand ready in the event something changes. Florida will not tolerate rioting, looting or violence. We encourage all residents and visitors to continue abiding by local curfews and directives and thank everyone for their cooperation."

DeSantis said he'd mobilized 700 Florida National Guard soldiers and 1,300 Florida Highway Patrol troopers to support law enforcement.

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