ANN ARBOR (WLNS) – Hundreds of bike bells chimed as activists and community members spoke before cyclists embarked on a six mile silent bike ride around Ann Arbor on Friday evening.
The bike ride, organized by Survivors Speak and the Bicycle Alliance of Washtenaw, was held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.
The bike ride followed hundreds of protests that have been held nationwide in response to police brutality.
Activist Sha’Teina Grady El, who was punched in the head three times before being arrested by a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputy, joined more than 700 cyclists for the demonstration.
“Ann Arbor is justice for all and equality for all,” said Troviouss Starr, one of two attorneys on Grady El’s case.
The silence throughout the bike ride was intended to memorialize victims of police brutality, including George Floyd, who was killed while being detained by police in Minnesota nearly two weeks ago. The event raised more than $4,000 for Survivors Speak and the NAACP.
This article is adapted from MLive.