The group then walked to Interstate 95 to call for justice in the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapols police.
BOCA RATON – More than 200 protesters came to the City Center in Boca Raton on Monday night to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
They began a demonstration on the corner of Butts and Glades, near the entrance of the northeast mall, shouting the last words spoken by Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on Remembrance Day after a white police officer knelt his neck for almost nine minutes .
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“Where is my mother? I can’t breathe,” said the signs.
“What is her name?” protesters shouted.
“Say the name!”
The demonstration reached a dramatic moment about two hours later when the group walked east along Glades Road to Interstate 95 bridge.
The Florida Highway Patrol stopped the protesters there, but officers then knelt down with the group for about a minute and got cheers from the crowd.
Most of the demonstrators then took their own knees and shouted at the bridge while FHP troops were on guard.
Boca Raton police closed all entrances to the shopping center, on Glades Road west of I-95. They also slowed down traffic and temporarily blocked the road to let the demonstration take place.
The mall, which is on a private property, closes its doors at 2 pm. due to preventive measures in connection with the protest. Recently reopened after being closed for weeks during the closure of the corona virus.
Some cars passed by honking in support, some even holding their own signs of justice for Floyd on their way to protest.
After a while on the sidewalk, protesters crossed to the median along the Glades. The police closed the traffic and asked everyone to return to the sidewalk and the protesters did.
Then, as soon as the police closed all the closed roads, the group headed for Glades Road to the highway.
Elizabeth Jeudy, 24, and Nela Latus, 24, both from Delray Beach, came to Boca Raton to protest. It was Jeudy’s first protest and Latus’s second. The first is Sunday in Fort Lauderdale.
Latus said he felt “electrified” after Sunday’s protest and when he heard about the protest in Boca Raton, he knew he had to show up for his community.
“This is not just a black matter,” he said.
He said he felt everyone started listening to each other more than following the previous police shooting. People take responsibility for each other, he said.
“If we hold everyone responsible, we won’t be here from the start.”
Nabeela Asad said he and his family were at a demonstration in Miami on Sunday and happened to be returning on Monday when they saw the Boca Raton protest and decided to join.
Their signs, bearing slogans like “No Racist Police,” are still in their cars starting this weekend.
He said what happened to George Floyd was injustice and his family needed to stand up for what was right.
“I’m chocolate. My children are chocolate,” said the mother of six.
Like many others in the crowd, Asad said the protest felt different. He noted how many young people were seen protesting and leading.
The mall in Wellington Green also closed early Monday, although officials there gave no reason.
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