At least one person arrested during St. Albans protest

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) Protests continue around the country as Americans react to the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minnesota.

On Tuesday afternoon, one man was arrested as people protested at Taylor Park in St. Albans. St. Albans Police officials declined to comment Tuesday night and the man who was arrested was released later that night. He declined to speak to WCAX News.

Despite that one arrest toward the end of the protest, the event remained peaceful, but there was a brief confrontation between protesters and a small group of men across the street.

As protesters chanted "black lives matter," a rallying cry for racial justice and an end to police brutality against black people, a group of men across the street shouted "all lives matter" back at them.

"They said that 'all lives matter' but all lives can't matter until black lives matter, too," said protest organizer Paige Lytch. "They just want to say what they want to say and we got our point across."

Many people in the BLM movement feel all lives matter misses the mark and fails to confront issues of systemic racism black people face in the U.S.

Ronald Porter, one of the men in the other group says that wasn't his intention. He says he supports Black Lives Matter but wanted to offer a different perspective.

"In my opinion, it's where it should be -- all lives matter. There should be no division. But again, I know that your race of people are going through hell and there should be more talk and there should be more done," Porter said.

Some people driving by also got caught up in the mix, screaming at protesters from their windows and provoking them. Some people tried to cross the street to confront the other group but they ultimately stayed where they were and the confrontation did not escalate from there.

Melanie French also went back and forth with protesters. She says she agrees with what they were protesting but not how.

"I'm on the side of justice. I’m not on the side of people just angrily protesting. They said it was going to be a peaceful protest. To me, this is not a peaceful protest," she said.

"I just want to say that if we keep pushing and keep talking and keep screaming that someone's gotta hear us eventually," said Brittaney Malik.

Protesters say they plan to attend more protests as the nation continues to push for justice for Floyd. They say they’re not interested in rioting or looting, as we’ve seen in other cities across the country. Protesters in St. Albans say they want to bring attention to the issues in a peaceful manner.