A crowd of about 500 people gathered at the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center in Gainesville Monday afternoon and marched along Linton Hall Road toward Lee Highway.
The protesters crossed onto the roadway at times, causing police to divert traffic on two different occasions Monday night.
It was the second large protest occurring in western Prince William County on Monday, June 1, which marked the fourth straight day of area demonstrations.
The gatherings are part of ongoing protests, mostly loosely organized, to demand an end to police brutality in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery in South Georgia. All were African Americans; the first two were killed by police, while Arbery's shooting death by would-be vigilantes was ignored by law enforcement for weeks.
Monday's protests were loud but mostly peaceful, unlike earlier events on Saturday and Sunday nights that prompted police action after some in the crowds threw rocks and bottles, injuring some police officers and damaging buildings.