TUCSON, Ariz. — Nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd have made their way to Tucson.
The night began with about 100 protesters gathered downtown Friday evening, and could be heard chanting "George Floyd" and "F--- the police" while knocking down street signs. Passers-by were spotted yelling from their cars.
As the night wore on, the crowd grew in size and so did the number of police officers present. Protesters in masks could be seen spraying graffiti on downtown buildings, and a dumpster was lit on fire along Congress Street.
Dozens of police officers in riot gear came to calm the crowd, declaring the gathering an "unlawful assembly." Most protesters ignored police orders to disperse.
Floyd was an unarmed black man who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with murder and was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Floyd was heard on video saying that he could not breathe. Three other officers who were involved in the incident while Chauvin held Floyd down for almost nine minutes have not been arrested or charged. They were removed from the police department.
A march and protest took place in Phoenix Thursday night.
Another protest and a wake for Floyd are set to happen in Tucson Saturday.
Originally posted to KGUN9 May 29, 2020.
Aubrey Gelpieryn is a journalist currently in San Diego. She enjoys writing about music, politics and current events.