No arrests made during South Bend peace rally, march through downtown

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This man was one of hundreds who gathered in downtown South Bend on Saturday, July 9, 2016, for a peace rally and march in the wake of recent police-involved shootings and the deaths of five Dallas Texas police officers. (Photo supplied/ABC 57)

It was a rally, not a protest. That was the message from organizers during a demonstration that drew hundreds of people to downtown South Bend on Saturday night, July 9.

Speakers who emphasized spreading love and understanding throughout the many races that make up the community addressed the crowd in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

The crowd was comprised of people of all ages, spoken word poetry was performed, candles were lit, t-shirts and signs were given out and prayer circles formed, ABC 57 reported.

Hundreds of demonstrators also marched through the streets from the Morris Center past the St. Joseph County Courthouse, ABC 57 reported.

The entire event was peaceful, in nature. The marchers even obeyed the traffic signals and stopped at intersections to allow traffic to pass, ABC 57 reported.

No arrests were made.

Watch video coverage of rally from ABC 57

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