Teens and young adults protesting police brutality since the weekend have a message for local cops: stand with us.

The protestors engaged in some heated conversations with police officers, the mayor, and chief Joseph Cordeiro about the lack of trust in the department after the 2012 death of 15-year old Malcolm Gracia who was shot at the hands of New Bedford police.  

Now, after the death of George Floyd, Lynea Gilreath, 20, said it’s time for cops to start opening up.  

"They were saying a lot of, 'We the cops'”, Gilreath said. "I want to hear why do you personally support Black Lives Matter? They need to be out here, identified, kneeling with us, standing with us, raising their fists with us."

Gilreath said the spirit of the protests has changed since the demonstrations began last weekend.

"I think over the weekend we were all very angry," Gilreath said. "I don't want to say we were all acting out of anger but a hurt dog with holler."

Chief Cordeiro, standing beside mayor Mitchell, told the peaceful demonstrators later in the afternoon that the key to reform is community policing, where residents can call out the police for any wrongdoing. 

"When we see each other together as a community," the chief said. "We’re going to change the future for everybody here today and for the children that are not here yet."

The group of 60 demonstrators continued to protest into the evening. They’ll be back at it in the morning.