ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eight minutes and 46 seconds seems long when people are asked to stand silent and motionless.
“I’m sure a lot of people were wobbling at their knees and sore on their feet,” Mike Silva said. “We wanted people to feel and think about that, and that’s the symbolic nature of what we’re doing here today.”
Silva was an organizer of a silent protest Wednesday afternoon in support of Black Lives Matter that drew about 200 people Downtown to Civic Plaza. There, they stood facing City Hall for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck, killing him, despite Floyd’s pleas that he could not breathe.