Americans hit the streets for a seventh day to decry the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, a shocking incident caught on video that has reanimated a nation paralyzed by a pandemic.
Demonstrations that began in Minneapolis on May 26 spread across the nation over the following nights and, on Tuesday, found mass appeal for the fourth straight day in Lafayette Square in Washington, where protesters stayed past a 7 p.m. curfew.
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Some of those in the park said they were taking to the streets for the first time, motivated by President Donald Trump’s walk to a nearby church Monday that was preceded with tear gas and flash bangs used to clear out dissenters.
A group of hundreds if not thousands marching in the area near the White House chanted, “No justice, no peace,” and “We want change.”
Demonstrators at the Lincoln Memorial were met with security forces in military-style uniforms.
New York City also saw people new to the demonstrations hit the streets.
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Bronx resident April Gopie said she saw fires Monday from her apartment window and was compelled to join the fray Tuesday.
“It’s an overwhelming feeling,” she said. “I’m just hoping that the same people that are here now are gonna ride with us to the end because this doesn’t make me any less worried about my brothers and sisters.”
Image: Businesses in midtown Manhattan boarded up during continued protests in New YorkPeople pass a closed and boarded up Nordstrom rack store in midtown Manhattan during protests in New York City on June 2, 2020.Mike Segar / Reuters
Sections of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal were boarded up Tuesday as shops and restaurants closed and only passengers were allowed to be there.
After night fell, the Empire State Building went dark “to recognize injustice in all its forms and all its victims, and to urge an end to the damage to our great city and its people,” its owners said in a statement.
Demonstrators marched on the Manhattan Bridge that leads to Brooklyn.
Brina Jeffries, a recent graduate of New York University, said it’s important for white people to stand up for justice for African Americans.
“They can also use their White privilege to stand in front of a black person when something happens,” she said. “I feel comfortable being out here.”
Fellow NYU alumnus Annabel Iwegbue, said she’s been impressed by the show of support for Floyd.
“Washington Square Park was essentially my campus, and I’ve never seen so many people there — that includes the protests after Trump was elected,” she said. “I thought that was beautiful. It’s the culmination of anger, frustration, violence and brutality.”
‘He will never see her grow up’: Mother of George Floyd’s daughter speaks out
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At Minneapolis City Hall, the mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, broke down crying during an emotional plea for justice.
“I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took from me,” Roxie Washington said, her voice breaking, while she stood with her daughter. “At the end of the day they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father.”