Protesters gather downtown calling for reform among Jacksonville police, city leaders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A group is protesting in downtown Jacksonville in honor of Jamee Johnson and Ahmaud Arbery, two men killed by current and former law enforcement.

Protesters have placed stuffed trash bags at the steps of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Memorial Building and are made to look like body bags. The organizers told Action News Jax they represent those who are killed by JSO’s bullets.

They are calling for reform among police and city leaders. The protest comes on the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.