Protests for George Floyd's death continue for second day in Houston

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
Hundreds fill streets of downtown Houston to protest death of George Floyd
Hundreds fill streets of downtown Houston to protest death of George Floyd

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Black Lives Matter Houston held a second protest and march for George Floyd in Emancipation Park on Saturday.

After protests on Friday escalated into riots, with crowds throwing debris at police officers and hundreds of people being arrested, city leaders are calling for protesters to peacefully practice their First Amendment rights.

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Saturday's march began in Third Ward where Floyd grew up and continued down Emancipation Ave.

Hundreds of people filled the streets to march from Emancipation Park to City Hall.

During the vigil and rally, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and other officers marched for three hours with protesters.

"I'm proud of this Third Ward crowd, predominantly Third Ward crowd, who paid homage to the Floyd family by lifting up his name, calling for change and keeping the focus on him," Acevedo said.

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Floyd died in handcuffs when an officer kneeled on his neck for at least eight minutes in Minneapolis. The police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with third degree murder.


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