Protestors gather in Greensboro over death of George Floyd

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Protestors gathered in Greensboro on Saturday afternoon, through the evening and into the night over the death of George Floyd.

“We have to do it in a city like Greensboro because we’re known for empowerment. We’re known for activism. We’re known for organizing,” a protestor in Greensboro told FOX8.

The protest in Greensboro follows other national protests across the US in New York, Detroit and Minneapolis.

“The problem is that there are individuals that are hurt, and the only way to capture that hurt is to see it in a very necessary, grassroots, organized method of protest…we literally are here because you got to take the pain off these pavements. Just the same way that George Floyd’s neck was on the pavement, we are taking the same pain on the pavement, and we’re trying to organize it,” a protestor in Greensboro said.

Later into the evening, the protest continued down Gate City Boulevard.

FOX8’s Michelle Wolf was downtown near the International Civil Rights Center & Museum where she says a group of protestors marched by. Police officers are now standing in front of the building where the front window is shattered.

Greensboro police tell FOX8 they aren’t sure who broke the window.

Around 100 protestors chanted “black lives matter” at the Greensboro Police Department. They stayed there for about an hour around 6 p.m.

“When we say black lives matter, were uniting. We’re uniting as a whole, and we just want to be heard,” said Sarah Crowder, a protestor.

Protestors also held a rally at the intersection of East Friendly Avenue and North Davie Street.

  • Police officers stand near a broken pane of glass at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Michelle Wolf/WGHP)
  • Protestors gather in downtown Greensboro over death of George Floyd (Olivia Steen/WGHP)
  • Interstate 40 eastbound and westbound in Guilford County is closed in both directions (Nelson Kepley/WGHP)
  • Interstate 40 eastbound and westbound in Guilford County is closed in both directions (Nelson Kepley/WGHP)
  • Interstate 40 eastbound and westbound in Guilford County is closed in both directions (Nelson Kepley/WGHP)
  • Interstate 40 in Guilford County closed in both directions due to heavy traffic, protests in area
  • Protestors gather in downtown Greensboro over death of George Floyd

Demonstrators also gathered in Durham around 1 p.m. to protest the death of Floyd.

Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota.

In Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and beyond, thousands of protesters carried signs that said: “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.” They chanted ”“No justice, no peace” and “Say his name. George Floyd.”

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection to the death of Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a Friday news conference.

The charges are listed in a criminal complaint submitted to the district court in Minnesota.

Freeman said the office is still reviewing evidence and more charges may be filed later.

Freeman says his office has evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. They have never charged a case this quickly, less than four days.

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington first announced Friday that state investigators arrested Chauvin.

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