Protester march against police violence on Monday June 1 in Salem. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

For the third day in a row, protesters hit the streets in Salem to speak out against police violence. Similar events have occurred across the country in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. 

Despite an 8 p.m. curfew, a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Capitol and a march to the new Salem police station, located on N.E. Division Street between Liberty and Commercial streets, was allowed to proceed. Officers marched alongside hundreds of demonstrators and even took a knee in a gesture of solidarity with protesters.

“It was a great opportunity for some healing and some good interaction with police,” said Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore.

(Video by Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

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He said that the difference between Monday’s protest to those over the weekends was “pretty stark” and that those gathered were there to speak out on the issue and not cause trouble. 

“I thought it was a really dignified way of dealing with people’s genuine concern and outrage we all feel about what happened to George Floyd,” said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. “There is a legitimate concern about what’s happening in policing.”

He said organizers kept the protest peaceful and on point and was impressed with how police officers engaged with protesters.  -Jake Thomas

Protesters at the event on Monday June 1 included an array of ages. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Protesters at a march against police brutality held on Monday June 1, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

(Video by Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Protesters take a knee against police violence at a demonstration at the state Capitol on Monday June 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Lts.Treven Upkes and Jason Van Meter of the Salem Police Department take a knee with protesters at a demonstration on Monday, June 1. (Salem Reporter)

Protesters gather for a demonstration against police brutality at the state Capitol on Monday June 1, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Lieutenants Treven Upkes and Jason Van Meter take a knee and read a joint statement from the Salem Police Department and the local NAACP. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Lieutenants Jason Van Meter (left) and Treven Upkes talk to protesters at a rally on Monday June 11, 2020. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Lt. Jason Van Meter embraces a protester at a rally held on Monday June 11, 2020 at the state Capitol. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon state troopers observe a protest against police violence on the Capitol steps on Monday June 1, 2020. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

A pair of protesters help keep the crowd hydrated. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Sharaya Hamer, 16, a student at McNary High School was among hundreds who showed up to protest police violence on the steps of the state Capitol. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, many of the protesters wore masks. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Krista and Lily from Dallas were among the protesters at Monday night's protest. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

A Salem police officer blocks Northeast Court Street to allow space for a protest on Monday, June 1, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters at Monday's demonstration against police brutality sit or take a knee while listening to speakers. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Protesters light candles as part of a vigil against police violence. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A protester holds a candle at a vigil against police violence. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

As the sun set, candles held by protesters lit up the night. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Zack Jackson speaks to protesters on the Oregon State Capitol steps during the third night of demonstrations against police violence on Monday, June 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters light candles as part of a vigil on Monday June 1 against police brutality. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters gathered at the Oregon State Capitol and marched to the site of the new Salem Police Department during the third night of demonstrations against police violence on Monday, June 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Dion Salazar of Turner lights a candle as part of Monday's vigil. (Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Protesters leave candles at the site of the new Salem Police Department during the third night of demonstrations against police violence on Monday, June 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

(Video by Kate McMahon/Salem Reporter)

Candles were placed on the steps to the Capitol as part of a vigil against police violence on Monday June 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters march to the new Salem headquarters of the Salem Police Department on Monday June 1, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters on a march to the future Salem police headquarters on June 1, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters fill the streets on Monday night's protest. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters fill the streets on Monday night's protest. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The march ended at the future Salem police headquarters where protesters and police held candles. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Protesters head home after the vigil. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

As protesters left the rally and vigil on Monday June 1, police were prepared for another night of disturbances. They arrested a half dozen people who refused orders to obey the city curfew after the main demonstration ended. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

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