Protestors

Protestors hold up signs for passing cars on Saturday during a Black Lives Matter rally in Mansfield's Central Park.

MANSFIELD -- In discussing the Black Lives Matter Rally protest Saturday in Mansfield's Central Park, let's start with what it was not.

It was not violent.

Hundreds of people of all ages came downtown for the three-hour rally, the brainchild of a group of young people angered by the recent policeman killing of a Minneapolis resident named George Floyd.

Unlike other cities -- including Minneapolis, Columbus, New York City, Washington D.C., Louisville, Ky., Dallas, San Jose, Calif., and Portland, Oregon -- Mansfield residents came together peacefully.