RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Demonstrators are holding rallies and marching through Richmond on Friday, the eighth consecutive day of protests in the area following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died on May 25 after an encounter with four Minneapolis police officers who were responding to a call that he had allegedly used counterfeit money to purchase cigarettes from a local store. Video taken from the scene showed the officers pin Floyd, who was handcuffed, to the ground for several minutes.
Timeline of previous coverage:
- Hundreds protest death of George Floyd in downtown Richmond
- Richmond the morning after Friday night’s George Floyd protest
- Three nights of protests and riots in Richmond result in arrests, fires and destruction of property
- Gas deployed on demonstrators in Richmond during 4th consecutive night of protests
- Protesters defy Richmond’s curfew, march through streets for 5th straight day
- Protesters march across RVA for 6th consecutive day
- Protest marches planned in RVA for 7th consecutive day
All of the officers at the scene were fired and eventually charged, with the officer seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he complained that he couldn’t breathe, Derek Chauvin, facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
June 6 — Protests continue through Richmond
7:17 p.m. — Protesters are headed down Franklin Street in Richmond. According to 8News’ Alex Thorson, who is following the march, the crowd is headed to the city jail.
6:26 p.m. — A protest march has begun in Richmond’s Forest Hill District after several demonstrators held a rally.
6 p.m. — A protest has formed in Monroe Park near VCU with people chanting “We are about change, direct change, right now.”
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