PHOTOS BY DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN
The “Get Off Our Necks! Caravan and Protest” started in a lot on Bridge Street in Salem on Wednesday, then made its way to the Essex County Superior Courthouse and the Lynn Police Department. At each location, demonstrators “called out the knee on our collective neck and demanded action for justice and accountability.”
As the crowd moved from North Shore Community College through Downtown Lynn, 20 cars grew to over 70, all there protesting the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop and police violence everywhere. The action featured remarks from a number of participants including Rev. Annie Belmer of Lynn’s Zion Baptist Church and Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME Church.
This article was produced in collaboration with the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.
A native of Dorchester living in Somerville, Derek Kouyoumjian is one of the most active and creatively agile photographers in Greater Boston. Having shot everything from breaking news, to portraits, to food and nightlife for publications including the Boston Phoenix, Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Metro, for which he regularly snaps cover photos, Derek’s versatile eye is complemented by his immense knowledge of the cityscapes and people of Mass. He also shoots abroad, including recent trips to the United Arab Emirates and Cuba, and has worked with private clients including the Gardner Museum and Huntington Theatre Company.