Hundreds of Tucson residents held a Monday evening Monday in memory of George Floyd and other black victims of police violence.
The guards came a week after Floyd’s death, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest in Minneapolis. Like many cities across the country, downtown areas in Tucson saw several protests over the weekend that caused at least $ 200,000 in property damage and 19 arrests, according to Tucson police.
Monday Guard is a peaceful, yet strong, meeting.
A few minutes before the event began, about 500 people stood in the parking lot near the Dunbar Pavilion on West 2nd Street. By the time the fire was over an hour later, several hundred people had joined them. The crowd is a mixture of age, gender, and race.
People in the crowd brandished signs that read “No Justice, No Peace,” “Open Your Eyes,” “Enough Is Enough,” and “My Son Is Not A Prey.” A little girl holds a sign that says “I’m Important.”
About a dozen speakers appeared. Some shared stories of loved ones killed by police officers. Several times repeatedly urged the crowd to vote, especially in the upcoming election for Pima Regency lawyers.
Shannoah Green called for accountability from the police and elected officials. He read the names of black people killed by police while their faces appeared on the electronic screen behind him. The crowd applauded as he read the names, the louder as he read each one.
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