Images & Video Of The George Floyd Protest In El Paso
These are some of the images and video that was captured by people attending the George Floyd Protest in El Paso.
On Sunday, May 31, a peaceful protest was planned from Memorial Park to the El Paso Police Department Headquarters in Central (off of Piedras) and back up to Memorial Park in protest of the death of George Floyd.
After the death of George Floyd on Monday, May 25th protests have been seen in Minneapolis and other cities including El Paso. Protesters have been gathering to raise awareness after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen being arrested and later died after a white Minneapolis police officer (Derek Chauvin) kneeled on his neck as Floyd gasped for air pleading that he could not breathe. On Friday, the officer in question, Derek Chauvin, has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter while the other three other officers who were involved in the arrest have been fired. Protesters are also calling that these three officers be charged as well.
While some of these protests have been peaceful – some have also lead to looting and rioting and have prompted local officials to impose curfews and even the National Guard was activated in 15 states to help local law enforcement.
Yesterday’s protest which began around 6 p.m. in El Paso was overall peaceful until later in the evening when some protesters lingered and police started shooting tear gas and non-lethal rounds to disperse the remaining crowd.
Throughout the protest, friends of mine who attended said it was an emotional moment as hundreds of people from all walks of life came together chanting George Floyd’s name. Some engaged in conversations with police while others took a knee or laid down in protest. Emotions were running high as some protesters were overcome and were seen crying.
At one point a protester even delivered pizzas to law enforcement who were on-site to protect the lines – a symbolic outreach that the protesters weren’t there to hate on our law enforcement but to show solidarity against the crime itself.
El Paso's George Floyd Protest
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