HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — Protesters have gathered in downtown Huntington to call for an end to racism and police brutality.

“You hear the argument that black lives matter, all lives matter,” co-protest organizer Kristin Bradberry said. “We are not saying all lives don’t matter but right now black lives need some attention, they need the post attention. That’s what people aren’t getting. It’s time for a small places to take a stand too because these small towns and small places can be big.”

About 100 protesters stood on the grounds of the Huntington County Courthouse. The demonstration started just before noon Wednesday and lasted for several hours. The block of East Franklin Street in front of the courthouse was closed shortly after the protest began.

Officers from both the city Huntington and Huntington county arrived in plain clothing to show their support, bring protesters water and talk with participants. Huntington Mayor Richard Strick and other leaders participated. One local pastor who attended held prayer groups with protesters.

Organizers and community leaders agree that even a small town can take a stand and fight for justice peacefully.