Springfield protest draws hundreds over racial injustice, George Floyd's death
An afternoon protest in Springfield over racial injustice drew hundreds of people and stretched several hours Saturday afternoon.
The protest, organized as "Peaceful Protest for George Floyd. Say His Name," began around 3 p.m. near Glenstone and Battlefield in south Springfield.
It comes in response to the death of George Floyd. A bystander's video showed Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck earlier this week, even as Floyd begs for air and slowly stops talking and moving.
Protesters gathered near the intersection of Glenstone and Battlefield, then scattered and marched around several nearby areas.
Several protesters have carried signs and wore face masks. Some of the signs included messages of "White silence is violence," "I can't breathe" and "Justice for George Floyd."
"Knowing that people who don't look like you want to understand and want to support you through the experiences you're going through, it means a whole lot," said Jamille Jones, the director of Springfield Black Lives Matter.
Earlier in the day, protesters blocked off a series of car on Battlefield near the mall.
Springfield police say the intersection of Glenstone and Battlefield was closed to traffic for several hours. Additional protesters are also made way near National and Battlefield.
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